West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) is proud to announce that West Virginia Secretary of Transportation and WVU Tech alumnus Paul Mattox, Jr., will provide the 2013 Commencement Address during the May 11 ceremony.
“We greatly appreciate Secretary Mattox’s ongoing support of his alma mater and look forward to having him back on campus,” explained WVU Tech CEO Carolyn Long. “It’s a pleasure to have a WVU Tech alumnus of his professional stature join us in celebrating our graduates’ accomplishments.”
Mattox was appointed Commissioner of Highways in January 2005 and Secretary of Transportation in January 2006. Since 2006 he has successfully managed the Division of Highways, with an annual budget of $1.1 billion, as well as the seven other agencies under the Department of Transportation. During his tenure, Secretary Mattox has overseen the administration of more than $4 billion in construction projects across the state. He has extensive experience in designing and managing public works projects for highways, bridges, water, wastewater systems and site development.
A 1982 graduate of WVU Tech, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He also has a master’s degree in engineering from Marshall University. Mattox is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia, and a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and Alabama. He is also a registered professional land surveyor in West Virginia.
He is the appointed chairman of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Aviation. He sits on the AASHTO Board of Directors, serves as co-chair of the AASHTO/Federal Highway Administration/American Council of Engineering Companies Committee and serves on the Climate Change and Strategic Planning committees. He also serves on the WVU Tech Institutional Board of Visitors.