The Surface Transportation Board on March 17 announced that Vice Chairman Francis P. Mulvey has been named Acting Chairman of the agency by President Obama, succeeding former Chairman Charles D. Nottingham. Nottingham plans to continue serving as a member of the board through the end of his term, which expires Dec. 31, 2010.
Nottingham plans to continue serving as a member of the board through the end of his term, which expires Dec. 31, 2010.
The announcement follows the Board's receipt of an official order signed by the President March 12 and delivered to STB.
Mulvey was sworn in as the eighth Member of the STB on June 2, 2004. He was nominated to the Board by President George W. Bush on November 17, 2003, for a four-year term expiring on December 31, 2007. Bush nominated Mulvey to a second term ending December 31, 2012.
At the time of his appointment to the STB, Mulvey was Staff Director for Railroad Subcommittee and Staff Director for Pipelines and Hazardous Materials for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was responsible for all railroad legislative matters for the Ranking Democratic Member of the Committee and served as advisor to the Ranking Member on overall transportation policy issues.
Mulvey's other positions held include Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Transit, and Special Programs, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General; Assistant Director for Social Security and Pension Issues, U.S. General Accounting Office; Assistant Director for Competition, Economic, and Regulatory Analyses in the Transportation Issues Area, U.S. General Accounting Office; Director of Economic Research for the NY State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management; Programs Manager, National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board; and Vice President for Research, American Bus Association. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the R.H. Smith School of Business and Public Administration, Univ. of Maryland. He has also taught economics and statistics at Northeastern University, Wheaton College, and Bowling Green State University. Mulvey holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University (1974); a B.S. in Economics from New York University (1966); and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley (1968).