Bud Wright will be the seventh executive director to lead AASHTO.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Board of Directors voted to approve Frederick G. “Bud” Wright to be the seventh executive director to lead the nearly 100-year-old organization.
The board, made up of the chief executive officers of each of the 50 state departments of transportation along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, voted during the AASHTO annual meeting in Pittsburgh to appoint Wright to succeed John Horsley, AASHTO’s executive director since 1999, who is retiring Feb. 1.
Wright, a transportation consultant based in Alexandria, Va., has recently worked on a major project examining approaches to performance-based management of the federal-aid highway program. He also has played a significant role in a research effort focused on administrative and institutional issues associated with mileage-based user fees.
Wright served as executive director of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2008, assisting the administrator in establishing policies, programs, and priorities for the $40