FHWA names executive director

| 11/27/2001

The Federal Highway Administration announced last week that Frederick "Bud" Wright Jr. has been named the agency's executive director. Wright succeeds Anthony Kane, who retired from the agency earlier this year.

Wright has served as the program manager for safety since April 2000, directing a staff that provides national leadership and advocacy for the development and implementation of strategies and programs to continuously reduce the number and severity of highway crashes. Before that, Wright was director of the Office of Budget and Finance, where he worked extensively on the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).

His career began in 1975 as an economist in the Office of Planning. In 1986, he was selected for a congressional fellowship, serving with the Senate Appropriations Committee staff. In 1989-90, he was a member of the National Transportation Policy Team, which developed former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner's National Transportation Policy.