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Governor Doug Burgum (R) has appointed Ron Henke (seen above) to be the director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Henke, currently the agency’s deputy director of engineering, has been serving as North Dakota DOT’s interim director since September 9.

[Above photo by the North Dakota DOT]

“Ron Henke has proven himself to be a highly capable, forward-thinking, well-respected leader in the North Dakota DOT, and we are excited to welcome him as the department’s next director,” the governor said in a statement – emphasizing Henke’s “long history of service” to the state and leadership on many key North Dakota DOT initiatives over the years.

Ron Henke. Photo by the North Dakota DOT.

“We’re grateful for his more than three decades of service to North Dakota DOT and look forward to him leading the department into the future with a focus on innovation and providing world-class transportation infrastructure for the benefit of all North Dakota citizens, communities, farmers and ranchers, businesses, industry and visitors,” Gov. Burgum added.

Henke joined North Dakota DOT in 1990, serving as director of operations and project development, as well as in other capacities including design, construction, planning and programming. As deputy director of engineering, he oversaw operations, project development, pre-construction, construction and maintenance.

“I’m incredibly honored to lead the outstanding and hardworking team and I am grateful to Governor Burgum for this opportunity,” Henke said. “We will continue to maintain the highest standards for our infrastructure, adopt new technologies, and implement innovative approaches to provide the safest transportation system and most efficient and effective service possible to North Dakota citizens.”

Henke is a North Dakota native, having grown up on a farm in the central part of the state, earning bachelor’s degrees 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, planning and programming of projects, budget, environmental document preparation and plan development.

Henke also serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Transportation Policy Forum and Council on Streets and Highways. He is also an active member in the community though the Bismarck High Football and Basketball Booster organizations.

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