HANOVER, MD - Maryland Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority Chairman (MDTA) Beverley K. Swaim-Staley announced today that Ronald L. Freeland, Executive Secretary of the MDTA since February 2007, has decided to retire after a distinguished 24-year career in public service. Mr. Freeland will join T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) as Mid-Atlantic District Director after his retirement in late August. TYLI is an internationally recognized engineering and construction management firm.
"Ron Freeland is one of Maryland's most accomplished transportation professionals," said Secretary Swaim-Staley. "As a first-class manager, financial expert and transportation innovator, Ron has played an integral role over the last three decades in shaping Maryland's transportation network - a network that drives our economy and meets the needs of millions of citizens, each and every day. He will truly be missed."
During his tenure as Executive Secretary of the MDTA, Mr. Freeland led the agency's aggressive plan to improve its seven toll facilities, enhance customer service, widen Interstate 95 and deliver the Intercounty Connector (ICC) mega-project, just months away from opening. He has worked hand-in-hand with the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration to ensure that the ICC will be a multi-modal, state-of-the art facility meeting the needs of highway commuters, transit riders and freight and commercial businesses, while adhering to an extensive environmental plan.
"Ron has had the confidence of the entire board since Day 1," said MDTA Board Member Walter E. Woodford, Jr., P.E. "He has provided great leadership during a challenging time when the agency was managing several major transportation projects at one time. Along the way, he made customer safety and service his top priority."
Mr. Freeland has long-standing ties to Maryland's transportation mission. From 1982 to 1991, he served as an MDTA Board Member. Recognizing his expertise in a wide variety of areas, Governor Paris N. Glendening appointed Mr. Freeland to head the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in 1995. During his tenure, Mr. Freeland brought a clear focus on customer service and utilized technology and strong management initiatives to reduce customer wait times and automated core functions.
Based on this strong performance, in 1997, he was tapped to head the Maryland Transit Administration. There he managed a multi-faceted operation that includes a 600-vehicle bus fleet, a Light Rail system, the MARC commuter rail system, the Baltimore Metro subway system and paratransit service for the region's disabled community.
From 2001 until 2007, he served in executive management positions with Parsons Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., where he specialized in transportation issues, working with clients in Maryland and throughout the United States. Earlier in his career, he held financial management and controller positions with Fortune 500 companies, Xerox Corporation and Black & Decker.
Long considered a champion of minority professional development in the transportation industry, Mr. Freeland will continue to remain active in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, where he served as the group's National Chairman in 2000 and 2001.
MDTA Board Member Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun, Sr., who chairs the Board's Human Resources Committee, will develop an executive recruitment strategy in the coming weeks. Mr. Freeland will continue in his current capacity at MDTA for more than a month. Deputy Transportation Secretary Harold M. Bartlett will assume the role of Acting Executive Secretary of the MDTA until the recruitment is complete, allowing for a smooth transition to take place.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Transportation Secretary, Mr. Bartlett served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the MDTA. Deputy Secretary Bartlett also formerly served as Secretary and Chief of Staff at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from 1997 to 2006.