Gregory C. Johnson has been appointed as the new administrator for the Maryland State Highway Administration. (Photo/Michigan Department of Transportation)

A Black veteran Michigan transportation official will serve as the new administrator for the Maryland State Highway Administration following his appointment by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan on July 16 appointed Gregory C. Johnson to replace Melinda Peters as head of the Highway Administration. Peters resigned in in April to spend more time with her family, according to Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL.

Johnson has 32 years of experience in highway management, serving over the years as the Michigan department’s chief engineer, deputy director and chief operations officer.

“Mr. Johnson has spent his professional life in highway project delivery and I am confident he is exactly the right person to provide smart and business friendly transportation solutions throughout Maryland,” Hogan said in a statement. “We now have two national transportation experts in Secretary Rahn and Administrator Johnson, and their experience will help our state successfully complete the $1.97 billion in road and bridge projects just announced and more than $8 billion in highway project during the next six years.”

Johnson has Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University. Johnson will start work on Sept. 16.

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