Frederick 'Bud' Wright to deliver Larson Distinguished Lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute has announced that Frederick "Bud" Wright will deliver the Spring 2014 Thomas D. Larson Distinguished Transportation Lecture at 1:30 p.m. April 11 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

The lecture, titled "Making the Case for Transportation Investment," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Wright is the executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods. He has almost four decades of experience in both the private sector and as a top executive at the Federal Highway Administration.

Wright, who was a transportation consultant based in Alexandria, Va., prior to his appointment as AASHTO executive director, served as executive director of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2008, assisting the administrator in establishing policies, programs and priorities for the $40 billion annual federal-aid highway program. As FHWA's chief operating officer, Wright was also responsible for a workforce of more than 2,500 transportation professionals and an annual operating budget of $400 million.

From 2001 to 2002, Wright was the FHWA program manager for safety. 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. In 1992, Wright became the first non-engineer to serve as an FHWA state-level division administrator.

From 1989 to 1990, Wright was a member of the National Transportation Policy Team, which developed former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner's National Transportation Policy.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Virginia Tech.

Tom Larson was a Penn State student, professor and co-founder and director of the Larson Institute at Penn State before rising to statewide and national prominence and helping to shape the direction and management of the nation's transportation system and policy in the Interstate Era. The Larson Lecture recognizes his singular contributions to the University and to the field of transportation.

Last Updated April 07, 2014