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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Thomas D. Larson To Be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration


The President today announced his intention to nominate Thomas D. Larson to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation. He would succeed Robert Earl Farris.

Since 1987 Dr. Larson has been a faculty member and administrator at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to this he was secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1979 - 1987. From 1962 to 1979, he served as a faculty member and administrator at the Pennsylvania State University: professor of civil engineering, 1969; director of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, 1968; an associate professor of civil engineering, 1964; and an assistant professor of civil engineering, 1962. Dr. Larson also served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps, 1954 - 1957.

Dr. Larson graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1952; M.S., 1959; Ph.D., 1962). He currently resides in University Park, PA.

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