2 alums among Georgia’s most influential people

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Georgia Trend’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in Georgia includes two School of Civil and Environmental Engineering alumni in 2015.

Keith Golden, B.S. 1986, M.S. 1989, serves as the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

From Georgia Trend’s Lori Johnston: “Golden was officially named GDOT commissioner in March 2012 after serving in an interim position since 2011. Georgia has the nation’s 10th largest highway system, and major projects under his watch include the revamped Georgia 400/I-85 interchange, a $21.4- million project that opened in 2014, along with the upcoming I-75 managed lanes and Georgia 400/I-285 projects.”

The magazine also included Douglas Hooker, M.S. 1985, on the list. Hooker is executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (and an emeritus member of the School’s External Advisory Board).

From Georgia Trend’s Karen Snyder: “Hooker’s commission is charged with regional planning and intergovernmental coordination of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, home to 4.3 million people. In 2014, the ARC reported increased population in the region of 52,700, the biggest increase since the Great Recession.”

The list “reflects the realities of leadership, power and influence in Georgia,” the publication's editors wrote. “Some of the 100 wield their influence in the limelight; others work behind the scenes. But all of them impact the daily lives of Georgians everywhere.”