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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc Lavorgna

RELEASE: January 25, 2005


NJDOT Commissioner Jack Lettiere
named AASHTO President

(Trenton) John F. “Jack” Lettiere Jr., Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), has officially begun his tenure as President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Lettiere is the first President of the nationally respected organization that hails from the State of New Jersey and served as AASHTO Vice-President until being named president. He replaces J. Bryan Nicol, Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner, who resigned January 10th.

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley said, “Commissioner Lettiere is well-known to the state transportation community, particularly in his leadership in the strategic planning effort and in the areas of financial management and planning. As Vice-President, Lettiere has participated in the weekly conference calls we have established with AASHTO officers, and so he will move smoothly to his new position.”

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.  AASHTO is the nation's premier organization for setting transportation policy direction and transportation standards. At the present time, Lettiere and AASHTO are focused on the reauthorization of the federal highway and transit funding program.

“First and foremost, I want to thank Bryan Nicol for his years of service to AASHTO and the State of Indiana,” stated Lettiere. “His leadership and imagination will be sorely missed. I look forward to fostering the commitment to innovation, determination, and creativity that has been set forth by Bryan Nicol.”

Previously, Lettiere served as Chairman of AASHTO’s Administrative Subcommittee on Transportation Finance and is Region I Representative of the AASHTO Strategic Plan Task Force. He is also a member and Vice Chair of the AASHTO Working Group on Financial Issues, which developed the association’s recommendations for the reauthorization of the federal program. He also served on the Standing Committee on Planning and chairs the Local Bridge Initiative Group.

As provided under the AASHTO Bylaws, Lettiere will now complete the nine months remaining as the AASHTO 2004-2005 President. Also, Lettiere will seek the recommendation of the AASHTO chief executives of the next region in rotation, the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials states, to the name a new AASHTO Vice-President. That nomination would then be ratified by vote of the AASHTO Executive Committee.

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