Emory R. Rodgers

Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship

The Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship is awarded annually to a building safety professional who has embarked upon a demonstrated executive-level career path and wants to further develop leadership skills through an eligible executive development program.

The program must be sponsored or conducted by a higher education institution. The fellowship will afford up to $20,000 to cover the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient’s travel to and from the program.

Applications are now open for the 2023 fellowship. The application deadline for all eligible candidates is December 15, 2023.


Emory R. Rodgers

Emory R. Rodgers spent more than four decades devoting himself to the building safety profession and to the creation and ongoing development of the International Codes. As a leader in the industry and in the Code Council community, he put forth unprecedented efforts in educating and preparing the next generation of building safety professionals.

During his lifetime, Emory was recognized by numerous organizations for his contributions to building safety, including the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association, American Institute of Architects and National Institute of Building Sciences. He also received the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award, recognizing his visionary leadership as a Past Presiding Officer of the Code Council. To commemorate his everlasting influence as a mentor and adviser, the International Code Council created the Emory R. Rodgers Leadership in Building Safety Fellowship.

Past Winners

Andre Jaen – 2021 Award Recipient

Ron Clements – 2020 Award Recipient

Chris Landreth – 2019 Award Recipient

Eligible Programs

An eligible program must be sponsored or conducted by a higher education institution but cannot be associated with a degree. Eligible programs include those hosted by higher education institutions that focus on executive-level training, strategic management, leadership development, and/or other similar concentrations. Candidates may submit any program that meets the criteria of “eligible program” as described above.

The following are examples of eligible programs. This list is not all-inclusive and is intended to illustrate examples of eligible programs only.

Beyond covering the cost of the program, the Code Council is not involved in an eligible program’s curriculum or schedule.

Applicant Evaluation

The Code Council’s Professional Development Council (PDC) will serve as the body that initially evaluates all fellowship applications. Upon its review of all applications, the PDC will create a short list of its recommended award recipients and submit this short list through the CEO to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will then evaluate the PDC’s recommendations and select the final award recipient, if any.

The following evaluation criteria shall be taken into consideration by the PDC and subsequently by the Executive Committee during the evaluation process for each applicant:

  • The candidate’s possession of a minimum of two ICC certifications and five years in a building safety profession.
  • The candidate’s career accomplishments, awards, and/or recognition that demonstrate leadership abilities in a building safety role.
  • The candidate’s submission of at least three recommendation letters from an immediate supervisor and other community leaders.
  • The candidate’s submission of a personal statement elaborating on their personal goals and qualifications.
  • The candidate’s status as a Code Council member and involvement in Code Council programs.
  • The candidate’s involvement in community, civic, and/or extracurricular ventures or affiliations.
  • Candidate applications must identify up to three eligible programs at the time of application. A candidate does not need to be accepted into an eligible program to qualify for consideration.
  • Awarding of the Fellowship will be contingent upon the candidate’s acceptance into one of the identified eligible programs within four months of official notification from the Code Council.

After meeting the above criteria, finalists may be subject to an in-person or electronic interview.  Please note that the Code Council’s application and selection process is completely independent from any eligible program’s application and selection process.

Questions? Contact us at communications@iccsafe.org.