Betsy Gabb honored

Betsy Gabb, Ed.D., FIDEC, IIDA, Allied ASID, Program Director at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln  has been honored with the Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Gabb has been involved with CIDA leadership in a variety of capacities for nine years. She is currently serving her second three-year term on CIDA’s Standards Committee and is the 2012 Committee Chair. She previously served as chair of the Committee in 2009 and 2010. Gabb also served on the CIDA Board of Directors as liaison to the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) from 2003 through 2008. During her two terms on the CIDA Board, Gabb contributed a high level of leadership to CIDA’s standards development project as the Board liaison to the Standards Committee.

During her tenure as a CIDA volunteer, Gabb has been a champion of quality standards for interior design education and the accreditation process. Her commitment to CIDA paired with her strong communication skills has strengthened CIDA’s relationships with important community stakeholders. She has encouraged other educators to volunteer and has served as an excellent ambassador by promoting CIDA’s role and value throughout her involvement. Gabb’s high level of engagement also has included delivering presentations at CIDA Accreditation Workshops for programs seeking accreditation as well as at CIDA site visitor training.

CIDA established the Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award as a legacy to former Director Keith Hooks whose 20+ years of volunteer leadership immeasurably impacted thousands of students in CIDA-accredited programs. “Betsy Gabb’s many contributions to CIDA are exceptional and worthy of this highest honor,” states John Lijewski, Board Chair. “Her commitment to strengthening CIDA quality standards for interior design education and promoting a positive relationship with the educator community is remarkable. The Board is very pleased to recognize her achievements with this award.

Over 130 interior design educators and practitioners currently volunteer for CIDA. Only one Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award is presented annually.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. Learn more at

For more information:
Holly Mattson, Executive Director
Telephone: 616.458.0400