Roy Cooper named two leaders to his administration this week as he
builds his team to lead North Carolina over the next four years.
To lead the Department of Environmental Quality,
Cooper has selected Michael Regan, a leader in environmental advocacy
with experience in working with energy and businesses.
Regan served as Southeast Regional
Director of the Environmental Defense Fund and National Director
of the Energy Efficiency Southeast Climate & Energy Policy from
2008-2016. He also worked with the EPA on air quality for the Clinton
and Bush administrations from 1998-2008.
He is a native of eastern North Carolina and a
graduate of North Carolina A&T University with
a master’s degree in public administration from George
“Michael Regan has the environmental background
to know that protecting state resources is vital to our state’s health
and economic climate,” Cooper said. “He also has
the government experience and diplomacy to understand
that working together is the way to get things done.”
Cooper named Jim Trogdon, an engineer with
decades of leadership in state government and the military, to lead the
N.C. Department of Transportation.
Trogdon had served as Chief Operating
Officer for the DOT before his retirement in 2013 and as Director of
Strategic Transportation planning for the N.C. General Assembly. He
leaves his current work at SAS Institute as National Transportation
Director to lead the DOT.
Trogdon is a major general who holds a
master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, as well
as two civil engineering degrees from N.C. State University.
“Jim Trogdon knows North Carolina’s
transportation successes and challenges better than anyone, and he will
bring technical know-how and smart solutions to the job,” Cooper said.
“Our state’s growing population and business climate need good roads
and smart mass transit, and he will lead the way.”
Cooper today also installed experienced managers
to temporarily supervise state cabinet agencies. These appointees will
oversee state departments while the process for appointing cabinet
secretaries is completed.
Cooper has asked the following individuals to serve as caretaker supervisors of the following departments:
- Britt Cobb, Department of Administration
- George Sherrill, Department of Commerce
- Bill Ross, Department of Environmental Quality
- Dempsey Benton, Department of Health and Human Services
- Kevin Cherry, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
- Linda Hayes, Department of Public Safety
- Ron Penny, Department of Revenue
- Mike Holder, Department of Transportation
“We’re hitting the ground running by making sure
veteran managers are in place across state agencies,” Cooper said. “I’m
grateful these experienced public servants have agreed to serve