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Name: Ayers, Stephen
Current Position: Former Architect

Upon the retirement of Alan Hantman in February 2007, Stephen Ayers was named Acting Architect of the Capitol. Congress also recommended Ayers to President George W. Bush as one of their choices of candidates to serve a ten-year term, but Bush left office without making a decision.  On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Ayers to the position and on May 12, 2010, he was confirmed by the Senate.

Ayers earned a B.S. in Architecture at the University of Maryland, in College Park in 1985, and a Masters of Science in Systems Management in 1988 from the University of Southern California. He then attended Officers Training School at Lackland Air Base in San Antonio, Texas, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, assigned to Edwards Air Force Base in California. There he served as a staff architect with the 6510th Civil Engineering Squadron. He was later promoted to Design Team Chief, followed by Captain. After five years of active duty he resigned to pursue a civilian career. In 1991 Ayers joined the Voice of America in Washington D.C., as a General Engineer, and transferred to Rhodes, Greece, in 1992, to lead construction efforts at several Voice of America sites in Greece and Germany. In 1997 Ayers returned to the U.S. and became an Assistant Superintendent for the Senate Office Buildings. Two years later he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent, and then in 2002 he was promoted to Superintendent of the Library Building and Grounds. Three years after that he was appointed Acting Deputy Architect/COO, and in March 2006 he was named Deputy Architect/Chief Operating Officer.
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