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Nov

AASHTO Elects First African-American President in Its Historical past

Shawn Wilson made historical past with the American Affiliation of State Freeway and Transportation Officers, changing into the 107-year-old group’s first African-American president.

Wilson is the secretary of the Louisiana Division of Transportation and Improvement. The AASHTO board additionally elected Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Division of Transportation, as its vice president.

“That is really an honor that I method with great humility and pleasure,” Dr. Wilson mentioned. “I’m wanting ahead to an unimaginable yr with AASHTO and the good individuals I’ll be working with at state departments of transportation across the nation. One of many important benefits of serving as AASHTO president is that it provides me a platform to handle points that matter.”

Wilson served as AASHTO vp and has been Louisiana’s transportation secretary since 2016. That very same yr he joined the AASHTO board and was its solely African-American member on the time. “At this time, he is amongst six African-American board members – a board that now additionally consists of 13 feminine members,” AASHTO says.

Wilson says he plans to do extra as president to broaden that range.

“I’m enthusiastic about how we maintain that chance to obtain fairness,” he mentioned. “How are we, as state DOTs, constructing a bench of leaders that displays the inhabitants within the communities we serve? How can we diversify, not simply with race, however with gender, with disciplines? How can we change what we do as a division of transportation in a approach that opens up the alternative to recruit and retain a extra succesful, certified and inclusive skilled workforce?”

Wilson has a bachelor’s diploma in city and regional planning from the College of Louisiana, a grasp’s diploma in public administration from Southern College, and a doctorate in public coverage from Southern College

Roger MillarWashington State DOTVice President Millar has led the Washington State Division of Transportation since 2016. He’s a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a fellow of the American Institute of Licensed Planners. He additionally serves as vice chair of ASCE’s Transportation and Improvement Institute and vice chair of the Clever Transportation Society of America’s board of administrators.

He’s a member of the Nationwide Full Streets Coalition Steering Committee, chair of the AASHTO Council on Public Transportation and co-chair of the Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition. He graduated from the College of Virginia in 1982.