On Jan. 20, 2015, Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. was appointed by the State Transportation Board to lead the Georgia Department of Transportation – the $3.7 billion, nearly 4000-employee state agency responsible for building, maintaining and operating the 10th largest transportation system in the country.
McMurry is certainly no stranger to transportation or Georgia DOT. He began his career with the Department in 1990 as an engineering trainee and has served in a variety of roles that include Construction Project Manager, District Engineer, Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer. McMurry was also appointed by Governor Deal as Planning Director before he began his role as Commissioner.
McMurry currently serves as board member for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), State Depository Board, UGA College of Engineering Advisory Board, and the ATL Transit Authority Board of Directors. He also chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Council on Highways and Streets and serves as president of the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO).
Commissioner McMurry has been recognized nationally for his leadership during the I-85 Bridge Rebuild. He was named Georgian of the Year for 2018 by Georgia Trend magazine. He also received the Inaugural Engineering Influence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia.
In January 2019, McMurry was named one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians. He was also named one of Atlanta’s most powerful leaders in Atlanta Magazine’s “Atlanta 500.”
McMurry graduated cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia.