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Monday, June 17, 2024


Governor Taps Kolluri to Head School Development, Dilts to Lead DOT

By Herald Staff

TRENTON – Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Thursday, Nov. 6 announced a new chief executive officer for the Schools Development Authority and a new commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).
The governor recommended for appointment Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri to be the next chief executive officer of the Schools Development Authority, replacing departing CEO Scott Weiner, according to a release.
“Kris Kolluri has been an outstanding commissioner of transportation,” said Corzine. “Through his unique grasp of the many complex issues facing our vast infrastructure network, he has been able to create a seamless statewide transportation system. I fully expect that he will use these same skills to effectively and successfully lead SDA through its next phase of school development.”
Kolluri has served as NJDOT commissioner since March 13, 2006. As commissioner, Kolluri served as chairman of NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority. Combined, he oversees a total of 17,000 employees, more than $3.6 billion in capital funds and over $2 billion in operating funds.
“I am honored that Gov. Corzine has given me the opportunity to continue to manage and improve the state’s vital infrastructure assets as CEO of the Schools Development Authority,” said Commissioner Kolluri. “I look forward to investing in school infrastructure in order to create jobs, improve local quality of life and create positive learning environments for New Jersey’s children.”
Corzine also announced that Stephen Dilts, deputy commissioner for NJDOT, has been nominated as New Jersey’s next transportation commissioner, and will serve as acting commissioner pending confirmation by the Senate.
“As we move forward with transportation infrastructure projects critical to New Jersey’s future, we are fortunate to have a leader of Steve’s caliber to see them to fruition,” Governor Corzine said. “Steve has been tested on all levels of transportation administration and oversight, and his expertise will be a tremendous asset for the department and the state.”
Dilts has served as deputy commissioner of NJDOT since March 2006 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency. He oversees traffic operations, information technology, roadway maintenance, capital program management, planning, finance, administration, civil rights and affirmative action. NJDOT’s capital program supports the movement of more than $7 billion worth of goods and over 100,000 jobs. From 2002 to 2006, Dilts served as chief of staff and deputy executive director, operations, at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
“I am truly honored by Gov. Corzine’s confidence in selecting me to oversee the development and operation of New Jersey’s transportation network,” Dilts said. “We are entering a critical and exciting time in the state’s infrastructure development, and I look forward to the challenge.”
Dilts received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Masters degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Steve and his wife reside in Hampton, where he previously served as Mayor and Council President.
Both are expected to begin their new positions Dec. 1.

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