President’s Corner

Sheila D. Harris, PhD
LAI President

After a very exciting and informative Board Meeting and Land Economics Weekend (LEW) in Austin I am very grateful of the decision of the Governing Board to appoint me as International President. I consider this a great honor and will do my best to live up to the ideals of the position within our organization. Being a member of LAI for over a decade I have learned to appreciate the members of this organization and their collective efforts to improve the study of land economics which results in stronger communities across the globe.

Like many organizations we are striving to improve our work and services to our members. During the next two years I plan to focus on increasing our membership, strengthening local chapters where needed, and encourage collegiality among our members and chapters. I welcome input from everyone as to how we move forward toward achieving these goals. If you have an idea or suggestion regarding LAI I look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me at or 602-463-6315.

I am excited about our upcoming LEWs in Chicago and Los Angeles. Both Chapters are very busy finalizing plans for these events.

I plan to update this page periodically and look forward to hearing from you on our successes to come.

Warm regards,

Sheila D. Harris, PhD