The way Joe Weber
sees it, the state transportation agency needs to increase financing for commuter and freight projects if it is to build the infrastructure that Texans are going to want and need in the decades ahead.
Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.
will took over April 23 with a salary of $273,000, according to TxDOT documents.
replaces former Executive Director Phil Wilson, who left in December to lead the Lower Colorado River Authority to replace outgoing General Manager Becky Motal.
The Texas Transportation Commissionâ€"the governing body for TxDOTâ€"voted to approve Weber
as the new department head during a special-called meeting April 4.
is the right person at the right time to make a great agency even better.â€�
Weber will leave his post as vice president of student affairs for Texas A&M, where he is also a graduate.
In addition, he has a masterâ€™s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
At Texas A&M, Weber
was in charge of strategic planning, direction and development of fiscal and human resources.
also was responsible for crisis management and oversight of more than 900 student organizations.
Weber served 36 years in the military and was a lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps where he was responsible for more than 75,000 marines and sailors.
other duties involved training, education and combat readiness of those in the military.
â€œAs TxDOT continues its transformation in becoming a best-in-class agency, Gen
Weber is the right fit for this department,â€� Commissioner Jeff Moseley said in a news release. â€œThe generalâ€™s proven track record and collaborative nature will help the department work even more closely with the legislature and other key transportation stakeholders.â€�