Alum Named Chair of Federal Surface Transportation Board

Posted: August 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Last week, Charles D. (“Chip”) Nottingham (JD ’94) was sworn in as the newest member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and was immediately designated its new chairman by President George W. Bush.

The STB is an economic regulatory agency charged by Congress to resolve railroad rate and service disputes and review proposed railroad mergers. Though administratively affiliated with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the STB makes decisions independently. It was created in 1995 and is the successor agency to the former Interstate Commerce Commission.

The STB’s ninth member and its fourth chairman, Nottingham will serve a term ending Dec. 31, 2010.

In taking the oath of office, Nottingham said, “I am deeply honored to have been nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board. Our nation’s economic health and quality of life depend on our ability to improve our transportation infrastructure. I look forward to working at the Surface Transportation Board and to addressing these infrastructure and other critical issues.”

Prior to joining the STB, Nottingham was the associate administrator for policy and governmental affairs for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. From 1999-2002, he served as the CEO of the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he managed a workforce of 10,500 and the third largest state-maintained highway system in the nation.

He previously served as Virginia’s assistant secretary of transportation. From 1995-98, Nottingham served as counsel and chief of staff for Cong. Tom Davis (VA-11) and chief of staff for Cong. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6). Prior to his appointment at the FHWA in 2002, Nottingham served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform.

Nottingham received his BA in U.S. history from Wesleyan University.

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