The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System has unanimously selected Dr. Dennis L. Christiansen as the sole finalist for the position of director of the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI).
When appointed, Christiansen, the current deputy director of TTI, will succeed Dr. Herbert H. Richardson, who is retiring after 22 years of service to the A&M System. Richardson has served thirteen years as director of the Institute and nine years in other leadership positions within the A&M System including chancellor, dean and vice chancellor of engineering and director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.
Christiansen has spent most of his career at TTI, beginning in 1972 as an assistant research engineer, and working his way up in the organization as associate research engineer, program manager, research engineer, division head, associate director and most recently agency deputy director. As deputy director, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute.
The Board of Regents may consider the appointment of Christiansen to the TTI director’s position after the 21 days required by state law for public notice of the appointment with the Texas Secretary of State.