Anthony Fuller, a Los Angeles-based manager for Amtrak, has been named director of the state Department of Transportation Rail Division, DOT said.
Fuller will head an agency that oversees 3,300 miles of tracks used by freight and passenger trains in North Carolina. DOT has begun using more than $500 million in federal grants for passenger train improvements across the state. He succeeds Pat Simmons, who retired this spring.
“Anthony brings visionary leadership and broad-based management skills that will strengthen North Carolina’s leadership position in multi-modal transportation,” said Paul Morris, DOT deputy secretary for transit. “His wealth of experience and knowledge obtained while working for over 22 years across the rail industry, combined with a dedicated and qualified staff in the rail division, will provide us with the ability to meet the challenges of creating a rail system for the 21st century.”
Fuller has a bachelor's degree in business administration from N.C. A&T State University and a master's in leadership and management from the University of LaVerne. His salary will be $97,000 per year.