January 17, 2011
The classifieds in this issue include 1 notice, 12 bids & proposals, and 7 job opportunities!
Presidential Selection Task Force Announced
The APTA Board of Directors agreed on the process to select the next APTA president in a meeting held Jan. 7. APTA Chair Michael J. Scanlon announced the 12 members of the task force assigned to oversee the process (see below).
With APTA President William Millar announcing his retirement, effective Oct. 31, 2011, the APTA Executive Committee set about establishing an effective and transparent process to select his replacement. Scanlon reported the draft process to the board in November and asked for comments prior to the meeting.
The process will include selecting an executive search firm to assist the task force, defining the qualities most desired in the next APTA president, identifying and reviewing the qualifications of candidates, conducting interviews, and ultimately recommending a candidate for the board’s consideration. Consistent with APTA’s new governance model, the board of directors will receive regular updates on the process and will be called upon to approve significant decisions along the way.
The meeting itself marked a watershed moment in APTA governance. It was the first time the board has met virtually, with the directors able to participate from their homes or offices. Members used the collaboration page format—now accessed by many of APTA’s committees— to share their thoughts on the process not only with the chair, but with each other in the run-up to the meeting.
After the meeting, Scanlon said: “I believe we accomplished a great deal and firmly established that this board is fully capable of using technology to extend and make the best of the limited time we have to meet face-to-face over the course of a year.”
Members of the Task Force
* Chair: Gary C. Thomas, president/executive director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX, and APTA vice chair
* David Armijo, chief executive officer, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Tampa, FL
* M.P. Carter, commissioner, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Memphis, TN
* Flora Castillo, board member, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
* Greg Evans, vice president, Lane Transit District, Eugene, OR
* Sharon Greene, principal, Sharon Greene & Associates, Laguna Beach, CA
* Angela Iannuzziello, vice president, Genivar, Markham, ON, Canada
* Art Leahy, chief executive officer, Los Angeles Metro, Los Angeles, CA
* Jerry Premo, executive vice president, AECOM, Orange, CA
* Diana Jones Ritter, managing director, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York. NY
* Peter Varga, chief executive officer, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI
* Phillip A. Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District, Denver, CO