Two NCSITE Past Presidents Retiring
NCSITE would like to congratulate two of our past Presidents, Calvin Leggett (2004) and Mike Kennon (2011), on their respective upcoming retirements from NCDOT and City of Raleigh. Below are excerpts from their retirement announcements.
After 40 years of service in the public sector, Calvin Leggett, Director of the Division of Planning and Programming, has announced his plans to retire effective February 1, 2016.
Calvin began working at NCDOT in 1975 as a Planning Engineer in what was then the Thoroughfare Planning Branch. From 1985 to 1988, Calvin worked for the City of Raleigh before returning to NCDOT to take the helm of the Program Development Branch.
During his NCDOT career, he has overseen various functions, including State Transportation Improvement Program development and scheduling, project management, feasibility studies, long-range transportation planning, planning and environmental, research, local agreements, and Federal funds management. Calvin developed the first STIP in 1989 under the then-new Highway Trust Fund legislation in 1989, and 26 years later, he also oversaw the production of the first STIP developed under North Carolina’s Strategic Transportation Investments law. As a man who has produced a multi-billion dollar capital plan under both systems, he has shown himself to be one who changes with the times and who faithfully and responsibly delivers his products in dramatically changing environments and conditions.
Calvin has also served as a national leader and resource in the transportation industry. Calvin is actively involved with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Transportation Research Board, both the Southern District and the North Carolina Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Highway Engineers. Nationally, as well as across North Carolina, Calvin is known for his wisdom and good instincts, his understanding of the big picture and the interdependence of complex systems, and his ability to take the most complex issues and simplify them for any audience.
A native of Oxford, Miss., Calvin received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Civil Engineering degree from NC State University in 1975. He was inducted into Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi Engineering honor fraternities.
He cares deeply about people, and those who have worked for him and around him know this. He does not fail to express to them his gratitude and appreciation. He is a humble leader who is slow to accept accolades for himself, and quick to credit his staff with successes.
For those of you who have not heard, Mike Kennon has announced his retirement from the City of Raleigh effective March 1st, 2016. After 28 years with the City, Mike has certainly earned the right to take things a bit easier. Instead, Mike is using the opportunity to take on a new challenge as NC State Assistant Transportation Director. This is an exciting opportunity for Mike and offers him the chance to return to his alma mater and apply his extensive transportation expertise in a new environment.
Mike began his impressive career in 1986 as a Traffic Engineer with the City of Durham. He came to work with the City of Raleigh in 1988 as a Transportation Engineer and subsequently held several increasingly responsible traffic and transportation related positions eventually working his way up to Transportation Operations Manager in 2005. Just in the last five years, Mike has been responsible for the 2015 Traffic Signal System Upgrade, the On-Street Pay Station Project, the Downtown Parking Master Plan, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, the SafeLight Photo Enforcement Program, the Street Lighting LED Program, the RLine Downtown Shuttle Service and bringing online the LEED Platinum Transit Facility.
Mike has also been very active in his professional organizations by serving as Secretary, Vice-President and President of the North Carolina Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and as a 2013 Leadership Fellow of the American Public Works Association. Certainly that kind of track record of excellence and accomplishment will be missed within the City.
Best wishes to both Calvin and Mike on their retirements, and we are sure we will still be seeing plenty of you two at NCSITE meetings in the future!