Transportation Secretary Names Tennyson Chief Deputy Secretary for Support Monday, March 18, 2013

RALEIGH — State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata today named former Durham mayor and retired Navy captain Nick Tennyson Chief Deputy Secretary of Support. One of Tennyson’s key responsibilities will be to lead the development and implementation of a 25-year transportation infrastructure plan.

“Nick has a proven ability to build close working relationships and manage large-scale initiatives,” said Tata. “These will be key attributes as we carry out Governor McCrory’s directive to establish a long-range plan for North Carolina that builds on the department’s previous efforts to leverage our infrastructure for greater economic investment and growth.”

He will oversee five business functions: the Division of Motor Vehicles, strategic planning, information technology, fiscal, and intergovernmental affairs and budget coordination. Tennyson will collaborate closely with Chief Deputy Secretary of Operations Jim Trogdon.

Tennyson served four years as mayor of Durham, from 1997-2001 and co-founded the Metropolitan Coalition of Mayors with McCrory, then mayor of Charlotte and former Chapel Hill mayor Rosemary Waldorf. He has also served as vice-president of government relations for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, executive director of Triangle Advocates for Citizens of Tomorrow Inc. Prior to that, he was a home builder and developer and most recently executive vice-president for the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.

Tennyson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. He starts April 1 at a salary of $123,000. A previous position for deputy secretary for administration was repurposed to create this position to help the department run more efficiently and deliver the 25-year transportation infrastructure plan.

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