Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced his selection of Aubrey Layne as Secretary of Transportation at the Norfolk International Terminal.
Layne, a resident of Virginia Beach, has been a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board since 2009. The selection of Layne as Secretary of Transportation signifies McAuliffe's commitment to tackling the transportation challenges facing the Hampton Roads region and the entire Commonwealth, as well as his continued efforts to put together a bipartisan administration focused on working with members of both parties to strengthen Virginia's economy.
"Aubrey's experience in statewide transportation planning and in the private sector give him valuable perspective on the pivotal role that transportation planning, construction and maintenance play in creating an environment where businesses can locate and thrive," said Governor-elect McAuliffe. "He will be a Secretary of Transportation for the entire Commonwealth, and together we will work to find bipartisan, statewide solutions to growing our economy, creating more jobs here, and improving the quality of life for all Virginians."
Layne added, "The Governor-elect has made a more modern, efficient transportation system a principal goal of his administration, and I am ready to take on that challenge and hit the ground running to do what we need to do to improve our transportation infrastructure."
Both Governor-elect McAuliffe and Secretary-designate Layne also commended Governor McDonnell and the bipartisan legislature for passing the transportation funding package earlier this year, noting that it was a major step forward in making the necessary improvements in Virginia's transportation system.
Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation:
Aubrey Layne has served on the Commonwealth Transportation Board as the Hampton Roads representative since 2009, when he was appointed by then-Governor Tim Kaine. He also received a gubernatorial appointment from Governor McDonnell in 2010 to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge & Tunnel Commission and assumed the Commission's chairmanship in 2012. Layne currently serves as President of Achievable Dream Academies in Newport News, VA, a unique partnership between public schools and the local business community to give students, who are at risk of failure in school due to socio-economic factors, a chance to succeed. Prior to joining An Achievable Dream, Mr. Layne was President and Principle Broker of Great Atlantic Properties, where he was responsible for the operational activities, new business acquisition, and capital improvement strategy as well as banking and investor relationships at the company. Mr. Layne earned a B.S. in Accounting from The University of Richmond (1979), is a Virginia Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and received an MBA from Old Dominion University with a concentration in International Business (1997).