Trogdon tapped to lead NCDOT

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Jim Trogdon has been selected to lead the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Jan. 3 the appointment of Jim Trogdon to lead the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Trogdon is an engineer with decades of experience in state government and the military.  


Trogdon will leave his current position of national transportation director at SAS Institute, a provider of business analytics software and services, to take the helm of NCDOT. He served as chief operating officer for NCDOT in 2013, prior to his retirement. He previously held the position of director of strategic transportation planning for the North Carolina General Assembly.

“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 received his master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and is an alumnus of North Carolina State University, where he earned two civil engineering degrees.

Gov. Cooper also announced the appointment of NCDOT’s chief engineer, Mike Holder, as NCDOT’s interim secretary for the duration of the process of appointing cabinet secretaries.

“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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