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AASHTO Announces New Executive Director
October 2, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing State Departments of Transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, has announced that following an intensive, multi-month search, James J. Tymon has been selected to become the association’s sixth executive director.

Tymon, a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science, along with a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy, currently serves as AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management. He will assume his new role when the current executive director, Frederick “Bud” Wright, retires December 31, 2018.

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead this organization,” said Tymon. “AASHTO is a great association. I believe in the issues we stand for and I love working for the state DOTs. They are the ones that build, operate and maintain the facilities that are the backbone or our transportation system. This is an incredible opportunity to lead an organization that has been at the forefront of transportation in America for more than a hundred years. Under Bud’s leadership, AASHTO has adopted a strategic plan that has positioned us to work smarter and be more nimble as we respond to changes and meet the needs of our members.”

“Jim Tymon has a tremendous amount of transportation policy experience at the highest levels in Washington,” noted John Schroer, AASHTO’s president and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. “In our estimation, he is the most capable from among a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates to lead AASHTO and its talented staff in the coming years. We think we got the best person in the country to run AASHTO.”

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