Burgum Appoints Deputy Director of Engineering Ron Henke to Head ND Transportation Department
BISMARCK, North Dakota – Governor Doug Burgum today named North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Deputy Director of Engineering Ron Henke to head the department, citing his extensive knowledge of the North Dakota’s transportation infrastructure. State, his long history of service to the State and his leadership in many key NDDOT initiatives. over the years.
Henke’s appointment takes effect immediately. He has been acting director of NDDOT since September 9.
“Ron Henke has proven himself to be a very capable, forward-thinking, and highly respected leader within the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and we are thrilled to welcome him as the department’s next director,” Burgum said. . “We are grateful for his more than three decades of service to NDDOT and look forward to seeing him lead the department into the future with a focus on innovation and providing world-class transportation infrastructure to benefit all citizens, communities and farmers of North Dakota. and breeders, businesses, industry and visitors.
Henke joined NDDOT in 1990, as Director of Operations and Project Development, as well as other roles including design, construction, planning and programming. As Deputy Director of Engineering, he oversaw operations, project development, pre-construction, construction and maintenance.
“I am incredibly honored to lead the exceptional and hardworking team at the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and am grateful to Governor Burgum for this opportunity,” Henke said. “Thanks to the NDDOT team and with the support of the administration and the legislature, we will continue to maintain the highest standards for our infrastructure, adopt new technologies and implement innovative approaches to deliver the system. safest transportation and the most efficient and effective service possible to the citizens of North Dakota.”
Henke is originally from North Dakota and grew up on a farm in central North Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management and construction engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Dakota with a background in field construction, statewide operations, project planning and scheduling, budgeting, preparing environmental documents and l development of plans.
Henke serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Transportation Policy Forum and Streets and Highways Council. He is also an active member of the community through the Bismarck High Football and Basketball Booster organizations.
The NDDOT has 982 team members throughout North Dakota and a two-year budget of $2.2 billion to build and maintain a safe and efficient transportation system consisting of approximately 8,518 miles of roads and 4,858 bridges. It oversees the development of surface transportation, including highways, bridges, public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle paths across the state. Each year, the department processes more than one million vehicle registrations and serves more than 500,000 licensed drivers at locations throughout North Dakota. The NDDOT is an innovative and progressive organization whose team members work hard to carry out the department’s mission of safely moving people and goods.