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AASHTO Board Elects new President, VP

December 17, 2012

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Board of Directors voted Monday, at its annual meeting in Pittsburgh, to elect Rhode Island Transportation Director Michael Lewis as the association's president for the next year. Mike Hancock, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, was elected AASHTO vice president.

As president, Lewis will emphasize three areas: the deployment of new technologies, the implementation of reforms included in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and leading AASHTO's effort to pass the next surface transportation reauthorization bill.

Lewis's presidency coincides with the retirement next year of three top AASHTO executives. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley and Jack Basso, director of program finance and management, will retire February 1. Tony Kane, director of engineering and technical services, will retire on March 1.

Lewis is a member of both the Executive Committee and SHRP II Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Executive Committee of the Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC). In Rhode Island, he serves as chair of the Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation and is a board member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, the State Traffic Commission, the I-195 Redevelopment Board, and the Growth Planning Council.

Lewis was an engineer with the Massachusetts Highway Department and then the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority from 1984 to 2007. From April 2000 through project completion in December 2007, he was Director of Boston's Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project (the Big Dig).

Mike Hancock was appointed Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in July, 2010. During his career with the Cabinet, Hancock has served as assistant state highway engineer for program management, deputy state highway engineer for planning, state highway engineer, chief of staff to the secretary, and acting secretary.

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