Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Director Paul Trombino III has been elected president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
“I’ve spent more than two decades in transportation and this ranks at the top of my list of extraordinary moments and I approach it with great humility,” Trombino said. “I am deeply honored to be selected by the AASHTO board of directors to serve in this national leadership role.”
Trombino has been the IDOT director since May 2011 and oversees roughly 3,000 employees, 9,400 miles of highways, 4,300 bridges and a $1 billion annual budget. He is a member of the AASHTO executive committee and serves as chairman of the associations Subcommittee on Transportation Communications.
Before IDOT, he worked at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where he served as operations director of the highway division and the director of the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Rails and Harbors over a 17-year period.
While serving as AASHTO president, he said he plans to focus on making sure the association’s new strategic plan comes to fruition.
“Transportation powers the creation of wealth across the United States, unleashing opportunity for economic activity and quality of life,” Trombino said. “AASHTO has served its members well for 100 years, and it is important that the organization continue to adapt to ensure it can serve its evolving membership.”
Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt was named AASHTO vice president. He has served in his role at MDOT since February 2011 and has worked for the department since 1984, most recently as director of Engineering and Operations.