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Aug. 22 - New Board Leadership on Georgia State Transportation Board

SBJ Staff Report

Former state legislator Jay Shaw of Lakeland was elected Chair of the State Transportation Board this week. Don Grantham of Augusta was elected Vice Chair, and Emily Dunn of Blue Ridge was elected to the newly formed position of Secretary.

The State Transportation Board - the policy-making and governing authority of the Georgia Department of Transportation - is comprised of 14 members each representing one of Georgia's Congressional Districts. All were elected unanimously by their colleagues to one-year terms.

Ann Purcell of Rincon, represents the 1st Congressional District, covering both the Savannah and Brunswick metro areas. She chairs the Administrative Committee, and serves on the Legislative and Communications committees. Purcell, who served 18 years in Georgia General Assembly before retiring last year, was elected to represent the state’s 1st Congressional District on the State Transportation Board (STB) in February 2013.

Shaw, who served 18 years in the Georgia House and 10 years prior to that as Lakeland's Mayor, is serving his first five-year term on the Board, as are Grantham and Dunn. He has served as the Board's Vice Chair for the past term, and praised outgoing Chair Johnny Floyd of Cordele. "I've got some great leadership to follow; Johnny did a great job this past year and I want to keep that momentum going. I am honored that my fellow Board members have the confidence in me to continue this leadership. We have worked hard over the past year, and are dedicated to meeting the needs of Georgians by working with Governor Deal, the legislature and DOT staff to leverage all of our resources. This Board is 14 strong."

Outgoing Chair Floyd called for the creation of a Secretary position to ensure that adequate leadership was always in place on the Board. Dunn, who is entering the new role, expressed gratitude to her colleagues for the opportunity.

Shaw (CD8) is a prominent business owner in Lakeland; serves on the Boards of Unity United Methodist Church and the Louis Smith Memorial Hospital; and is the former president of both the Jaycees and the Lanier County Lions Club.

Grantham (CD12) is also a business owner in Augusta; serves on the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board of Augusta; and is a former Chair of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Dunn (CD9) is also a business owner in Blue Ridge, and serves on the Fannin County Board of Education, the Fannin Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and North Georgia Technical College Board.

And, Shaw announced the formation of a new Board Committee, the Communications Committee, to build off of the enhanced communications and outreach efforts the Department has focused on over the past year. Additionally, Shaw made a number of new committee appointments. 

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