RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper on Monday named Jim Trogdon, an engineer with decades of leadership in state government and the military, to lead the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Trogdon had served as NCDOT's chief operating officer before his retirement in 2013 and as director of Strategic Transportation Planning for the N.C. General Assembly. He leaves his current work at SAS Institute as national transportation director to lead NCDOT.
“Jim Trogdon knows North Carolina’s transportation successes and challenges better than anyone, and he will bring technical know-how and smart solutions to the job,” Cooper said. “Our state’s growing population and business climate need good roads and smart mass transit, and he will lead the way.”
Trogdon, a native of Hope Mills, is a major general who holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College as well as two civil engineering degrees from North Carolina State University.
Cooper on Monday also installed NCDOT's chief engineer, Mike Holder, as interim secretary of NCDOT while the process for appointing cabinet secretaries is completed.
“We’re hitting the ground running by making sure veteran managers are in place across state agencies,” Cooper said. “I’m grateful these experienced public servants have agreed to serve temporarily.”
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