Profiles

Russell McMurray, P.E.

Advisory Board Member

Georgia DOT Commissioner

Paul D. Coverdell Center
500 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

On Jan. 20, 2015, Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. was appointed by the State Transportation Board to lead the Georgia Department of Transportation – the $3.5 billion, nearly 4000-employee state agency responsible for building, maintaining and operating the 10th largest transportation system in the country.   

McMurry is certainly no stranger to transportation or Georgia DOT. He began his career with the Department in 1990 as an engineering trainee and has served in a variety of roles that include Construction Project Manager, District Engineer, Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer.  McMurry was also appointed by Governor Deal as Planning Director before he began his role as Commissioner. 

McMurry graduated cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia.

McMurry currently serves as board member for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and the State Depository Board. He also chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Performance Management and serves as president of the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO).

Commissioner McMurry has been recognized nationally for his leadership during the I-85 Bridge Rebuild. He was named Georgian of the Year for 2018 by Georgia Trend magazine. He also received the Inaugural Engineering Influence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia.