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Joan McDonald '77, New York DOT Commissioner, To Speak at Le Moyne's Graduate Commencement


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … As part of Le Moyne College 63rd commencement weekend, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald '77 will be the commencement speaker at Le Moyne College's graduate commencement ceremony, which be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The graduate ceremony will take place in the Henninger Athletic Center and kicks-off commencement weekend on the Le Moyne campus.

A 1977 graduate of Le Moyne, Joan McDonald was appointed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the 11th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation in January 2011. She leads a department of 8,500 employees with a combined annual capital and operating budget of approximately $9 billion.

McDonald has led the DOT in storm recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Super Storm Sandy; serves on the executive leadership team for the Tappan Zee Bridge; negotiated a landmark agreement between the State of New York, Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration for operations of the Hudson Line; and launched NYSDOT’s New York Works program.

She serves as chair of the Northeast Corridor Commission and is on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. She has been honored as the WTS‐Greater New York “Woman of the Year,” the New York March of Dimes’ “Public Sector – Service to Humanity,” the Hartford Business Journal “Remarkable Woman in Business,”and the Girl Scouts of Connecticut “Woman of Merit.”

Prior to her appointment, McDonald served as the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and the chair of Connecticut Innovations; and held senior management positions at New York City Economic Development Corporation; New York City Department of Transportation; MTA Metro‐North Railroad; and Jacobs Engineering.

McDonald received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Le Moyne and Masters of Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


posted on: 5/1/2013