Veolia Transportation COO Ken Westbrook has announced that Dr. Chadwick Reese has been named as the new Executive Director for Chatham Area Transit Authority. Dr. Reese succeeds previous Executive Director Charles Odimgbe who resigned in November 2010.
In making the announcement, Westbrook said, “Chad has a broadbased expertise in operations, planning, finance, grants, human resources and transit development in multi-modal operating systems including bus, paratransit and rail.
This made him the best candidate to manage transportation service in Savannah, and we’re excited that he has accepted.”
Prior to joining Veolia Transportation Dr. Reese held positions as the Interim Transit Director/Operations Manager for the Regional Transportation System in Gainesville, FL, and as Mass Transit Chief Operating Officer for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville, FL. His most recent position with Veolia Transportation was as General Manager for Gwinnett County Transit.
Throughout his career, Dr. Reese has contributed extensively to education in public transportation through presentations and publications in the areas of innovative approaches in public transportation, impact of urban sprawl on local resources, organizational learning, strategic leadership, and transit policy and funding reform.
He holds a B.S degree in Business and a M.P.A in Public Administration from Troy State University. Additionally, he has earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX.
Dr. Reese has a long history as an active community member. He has served on the Boards of Directors for the National Housing Development Corporation in Gainesville, FL and for Public Recreation. Additionally, he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Austin, TX as well as a member of both the Chambers of Commerce for Austin TX and Gwinnett County.
Dr. Chadwick Reese officially assumed his duties as Executive Director with Chatham Area Transit as of Monday, January 17, 2011.