Governor taps civil engineering alum to head PennDOT

Newly inaugurated Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has nominated a Penn State civil engineering alumnus to head the state's Department of Transportation.

Barry Schoch is a vice president at McCormick Taylor Inc., a transportation engineering and planning company. He received his bachelor's degree from Penn State in 1982.

Schoch, 50, has served as a consultant to PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 15 years.

He began his career with the Delaware Department of Transportation and worked with two private-sector firms before joining McCormick Taylor in 1995.

The DuBois, Pa., native has served as the president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, chair of the American Consulting Engineering Council of Pennsylvania's transportation committee, transportation chair for the Design Professionals Coalition and a member of the Delaware Transportation Trust Fund Task Force.

He currently resides in Camp Hill, Pa.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011