The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Board of Directors (AASHTO) announced it has elected three DOT officials as its top officers for 2018. 

They are: John Schroer, Tennessee DOT Commissioner, as President; Carlos Braceras, P.E., Utah DOT Executive Director,  as Vice President; and Scott Bennett, P.E., Arkansas DOT Director, as Secretary-Treasurer, according to an AASHTO news release.

AASHTO President Schroer, who was appointed to his DOT post in January 2011, previously served as mayor of his hometown of Franklin, Tenn. He has served in several top committee positions at AASHTO, including Chairman of  its Standing Committee on Finance and Administration and Chairman of the Strategic Management Committee.

“It is an honor to be elected by the AASHTO board to serve as President of our association,” said Schroer. “One of my goals will be to make sure that AASHTO is on the cutting-edge of innovation, to ensure states are ready to meet the many challenges that new transportation technologies will bring.”

Schroer said he wants to focus on the critical issue of sustainable funding at the federal level and will encourage Congress to explore all available revenue options. Schroer hopes to lead the efforts of AASHTO and state departments of transportation to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact an infrastructure package and a new long-term transportation reauthorization bill. The impacts of new technologies such as autonomous, connected and electric vehicles on the nation’s transportation infrastructure will also be a top priority for Schroer, according to AASHTO.

AASHTO Vice President Braceras was appointed to his DOT post in May 2013. A native of New Jersey, he began his career at UDOT in 1986, ascending in 2001 to Deputy Director and Chief Engineer, where he shaped UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions to strengthen Utah’s economy and quality of life. Prior to his current AASHTO leadership position, he served as Secretary-Treasurer.

AASHTO Secretary-Treasurer Bennett was named to his current DOT position in September 2011. He began his career at ARDOT as a summer employee, then began working full-time in the Planning and Research Division as a Civil Engineer I. Over the next two decades Bennett held several top management positions including Section Head of Technical Services, Assistant Division Head of Planning and Research, and Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning.