PHIA’s Barry Schoch nominated for PennDOT secretary

January 12, 2011

PHIA President Barry Schoch, a vice president at McCormick Taylor and a passionate and forceful advocate for a 21st Century transportation system in Pennsylvania, has been nominated as PennDOT secretary, Governor-elect Tom Corbett announced today.

Reaction from the industry was exceptionally positive.

“This is a very positive day for all of us who have been working to find solutions for Pennsylvania’s transportation needs,” said Robert Latham, executive vice president of Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, the trade association for the state’s highway builders. “The industry looks forward to Mr. Schoch’s leadership and will do everything it can to help the Corbett administration.”

“PHIA will surely miss Barry’s leadership, but the opportunity to help lead the way to transportation funding solutions is tremendous,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner. “No one has a greater appreciation of the importance of a comprehensive transportation system and how all modes must work together. His understanding of the various funding mechanisms will surely be an asset to the Commonwealth.”

Schoch was born in DuBois and grew up in Delaware, then graduated from high school in Biglerville before heading off to Penn State. He was drawn to engineering because of his penchant for math and science, as well as his fascination with the construction of U.S. 322 between Harrisburg and Lewistown during childhood trips back to DuBois.

He began his career with the Delaware Department of Transportation, then worked for two private-sector firms before joining McCormick Taylor in 1995.

Schoch was elected PHIA president last April. Shortly afterward, in an article in Highway Builder magazine, he said the industry faces many challenges in the next several years, beginning with solving the transportation funding issue. He said the solution is to develop and promote a vision “that will generate interest and enthusiasm” among the public, the news media and policymakers, creating an environment in which elected officials will allocate adequate resources for all modes of transportation.

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15 Comments on this post.

  1. Bob Hetherington
    January 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm
  2. PHIA is sorry to lose you, but the Commonwealth will
    benefit greatly from your dedicated service

  3. Jim
    January 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm
  4. If Barry is as good a secretary of transportation as he is
    a person, then Pennsylvania will have much to be thankful

  5. pamela
    March 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm
  6. If he is good secretary of transportation he will deal with dedicated funding for public transportation. Myself and many of of my coworkers have no way to get to our jobs tomorrow. Have not heard Corbett or this gentleman speak to how they will make #5 on Tom’s list of 50 ways he will make PA a better place come true..dealing with roads, bridges and dedicated funding?

  7. Sjett
    April 20, 2011 at 8:57 am
  8. I have known Barry for 30+ years. PennDot will have a great leader.

  9. Cindy
    June 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm
  10. Barry was one of my first bosses, at KCI Technologies, in Harrisburg. Great engineer, great visonary leader, and a great choice for this position.