Hogan Names Gregory Slater as Transportation Secretary

Gregory Slater (photo courtesy: Maryland Manual)

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced the appointment of State Highway Administrator Gregory Slater as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. Slater’s appointment, which will be subject to Senate confirmation, is effective January 10, 2020.

“Greg Slater has committed his career to public service, and has earned a reputation around the country as an innovator who is tireless and relentless about transportation solutions,” Governor Hogan said.

Slater will succeed Secretary Pete K. Rahn, who has led the Maryland Department of Transportation since Governor Hogan took office in 2015.

“I want to thank Pete Rahn for his outstanding service to our state over the last five years,” Governor Hogan said. “Under his leadership, we have made record investments in transit, advanced the Purple Line—the largest transit project of its kind in North America—secured the Beltway Accord and the Traffic Relief Plan, and resurfaced or improved more than half of our state highway system.”

According to a press release:

SHA Administrator Slater has dedicated more than 20 years to the Maryland Department of Transportation with experience in both planning and engineering and a focus on integrating innovation and performance-driven initiatives into those processes. Prior to being named SHA Administrator in March 2017, he served as Deputy Administrator for Planning, Engineering, Real Estate and Environment after seven years of service as Planning Director.

“The work we do at the Maryland Department of Transportation affects the lives and livelihoods of each of our citizens, and we strive every day to operate in a spirit of trust and accountability,” said Administrator Slater. “I am grateful to Governor Hogan for the honor to serve, and I look forward to leading all of the dedicated professionals of our department.”

Slater serves as Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Transportation Data Management and Analytics Committee. He also is a member of several committees on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.  Slater is a native Marylander, a 1997 graduate of Towson University, a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland National Leadership Institute, and a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2015.

Slater will succeed Secretary Pete K. Rahn, who has led the Maryland Department of Transportation since Governor Hogan took office in 2015. Secretary Rahn is returning to his home in New Mexico.

“It has been my distinct honor to have led the Maryland Department of Transportation,” said Secretary Rahn. “We have achieved so much together to be a national leader in infrastructure because of Governor Hogan’s visionary leadership, and the tireless efforts of the men and women of the department.”

Read the full press release for more information.