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Bill Panos (seen above), director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation, is the new president of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials or WASHTO.

[Above photo by the North Dakota DOT]

Panos, who previously served as WASHTO vice president, took over as president of the organization on June 1. He replaces James Bass, the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.

“It is an honor to take on greater responsibility and represent our regional transportation partners,” Panos said in a statement. “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.

Named director of the North Dakota DOT in 2019, Panos – who recently testified before Congress regarding transportation equity issues – currently serves as the chair of the Agency Administration Managing Committee for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

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