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North Dakota DOT Director Panos Named WASHTO President

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Director Bill Panos has been named President of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Panos, who previously served as WASHTO Vice President, will take over the duties of President from James Bass of the Texas Department of Transportation.

“It is an honor to take on greater responsibility and represent our regional transportation partners,” Panos said. “My goal is to keep the momentum we experienced under the leadership of Mr. Bass and continue to look for innovative solutions to better serve our industry.”

WASHTO provides a forum for exchanging ideas, exploring, and adapting techniques, as well as promoting quality and best practices for implementation. Membership includes departments of transportation from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington.

Panos earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, as the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, and as a Henry Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments.

NDDOT maintains a transportation system consisting of approximately 8,622 miles of roadway and 1,722 bridges.

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