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"She understands the importance of managing costs, meeting project schedules and improving work performance."

-   ODOT Director Jerry Wray



(COLUMBUS) - Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray announced today Suzann Slyman Gad has been named administrator of ODOT’s Office of Planning in Columbus. She will manage the department’s statewide multi-modal transportation planning process.

The Office of Planning works with metropolitan planning organizations, airports, port authorities, transit agencies, municipalities and counties interested in establishing or improving existing transportation facilities. The office also conducts studies of the interstate highways and arterial systems to ensure effectiveness and safety. Gad will begin work April 28.

"Gad’s management experience with the public and private sector will be a valuable asset to the decision-making process involved with maximizing the state’s transportation investments," Wray said. "She understands the importance of managing costs, meeting project schedules and improving work performance."

Gad has more than 20 years experience in transportation, land use and environmental planning, program development and administration, and project management. She previously served as executive director of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission for the Weirton, W. Va. and Steubenville, Ohio area. Gad also has been an environmental planning and management consultant with Becker Associates and Camp Dresser & McKee. Throughout her career she has worked with more than 250 government jurisdictions, public authorities and private industries on a variety of environmental studies and capital projects.

"I am honored by this opportunity and look forward to working collaboratively and constructively with ODOT’s employees and the Metropolitan Planning Organizations in the state," said Gad. "I look forward to the challenges of developing the Office of Planning into a technical and policy analysis resource center for ODOT."

Gad is a nationally certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a member of the American Planning Association, National Association of Environmental Communicators, and the National Solid Waste Management Association.

Gad has master’s degrees in Regional Planning and Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.