The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announced that Duncan Pay has been named Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. Previously senior director of gemmology content strategy, Pay will now oversee GIA’s global education courses in gemmology and jewellery design and manufacturing, following the decision by GIA senior vice president and chief learning officer Bev Hori to retire in May.
Pay will remain editor-in-chief of Gems & Gemology (G&G) — GIA’s quarterly professional peer-reviewed journal — a position he has held since 2013. During the transition, Hori will have responsibility for galvanising the digital transformation of the Richard T. Liddicoat Library and Information Centre, and GIA’s engagement with the Institute’s global network of 120,000 active alumni.
“I am immensely pleased that Duncan has taken on this very important role to carry on Bev’s incredible work to establish professional standards and strive for continuous improvement through education for the gem and jewellery industry,” said GIA president and CEO Susan Jacques.
He added, “Throughout her career, Bev demonstrated a passion for bringing people together to find ways to collaborate, not only for their benefit but also for the benefit of the industry. Her many contributions serve as a model for others to emulate. I have the utmost confidence that Duncan will further enhance GIA’s education offerings.”
Pay will assume the role of vice president and chief academic officer immediately. During his 20-year career at GIA, Pay led conversion of coursework to eLearning and strengthened GIA’s gemmology courses by enabling timely sharing of findings from the Institute’s research and lab teams. As editor-in-chief of G&G, he oversaw a renaissance of the 84-year-old journal, expanding the range of research-based articles and building print and online readership.
“I look forward to the duties of my new role and to cultivating ways to expand our mission even further,” said Pay. “Bev has been a wonderful mentor; her sense of mission, clear communication of GIA’s core values and positive forward thinking are a model for us all.”
Prior to joining GIA in 1998, Pay had more than 13 years’ experience in the jewellery industry including jewellery and gemological instrument retail sales, jewellery manufacturing, and coloured stone buying and wholesaling. He was previously course development manager for the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand. Pay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Wales, Great Britain and a Graduate Gemologist diploma (GG) from GIA. He is also a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA), and received the association’s Tully Medal — as the best student of 1987.