August 6, 2015
Pat McCrory today announced the appointment of Nick Tennyson as the new
Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Tennyson
has served as Chief Deputy Secretary since March 2013, and succeeds
Tony Tata, who resigned last week.
Nick Tennyson is named Secretary of Transportation
“Nick Tennyson is the perfect choice to continue the momentum we have
made in North Carolina’s transportation strategy,” said McCrory. “He
has been involved in planning all of our key transportation strategies
over the last two and half years, and is equipped to hit the ground
running to continue our progress.”
Tennyson has been serving as acting Secretary of Transportation since
Tata’s resignation. McCrory cited his experience in making the
“Nick served as the Mayor of Durham during some challenging times in
our state’s transportation,” said Governor McCrory. “He served on the
Metropolitan Planning Organization for his region, which often tackled
Tennyson served two terms as mayor of Durham from 1997 to 2001.
Tennyson served as the Executive Vice President of the Home Builders
Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties from 1995 until
2013, when he was appointed Deputy Secretary.
"I am humbled and honored to serve as North Carolina's Transportation
Secretary under Gov. McCrory's leadership and vision for our state,"
said Tennyson. "We've accomplished many great things over the past 32
months with our incredible NCDOT team, and we look forward to
continuing that momentum to better connect North Carolina and provide a
safe and reliable transportation network for our citizens."
Secretary Tennyson and the NCDOT team will continue to focus on
expanding and safely maintaining the state's transportation network
through the Governor's 25 Year Vision, support new funding strategies
including the bonds to Connect NC, strengthen ports to make the state
more globally competitive and deliver other infrastructure projects to
help grow the state's economy and create jobs.
Tennyson has a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University and
master's in human resources management from Pepperdine University.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Tennyson served as a commissioned officer
on active duty from 1972 - 1977. After leaving active duty, he
continued his service as a member of U.S. Naval Reserve, ultimately
retiring in 1996 as a captain.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons and a daughter, all of whom were educated in Durham Public Schools.
Tennyson will begin his role as secretary immediately.