Secretary Schoch
Secretary Schoch
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Secretary Barry Schoch to deliver commencement keynote

Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch will deliver the keynote address at Penn State Harrisburg’s December 21 commencement ceremony.

The college will confer more than 460 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Giant Center, Hershey.

Barry Schoch graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a degree in civil engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.  He was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation in January 2011. 

He has more than 30 years' experience in the engineering field and has been involved in consulting, managing, and other key roles in many of Pennsylvania’s transportation projects over that time.

Prior to becoming the secretary of transportation, Schoch worked for McCormick, Taylor & Associates as vice president and manager of their Harrisburg office transportation department for 15 years.

While at McCormick, Taylor & Associates, Schoch’s portfolio ranged from concept planning to finance strategies to project designs. A few of his projects include the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Southwest Pennsylvania; the proposed interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95; the South Central Centre County Transportation Study in Centre County; the I-83 master plan for the Harrisburg region; the widening and reconstruction of U.S. 30 in Lancaster County; and the rebuilding of the interchange of U.S. 15 and Route 581 in Cumberland County. He also played key roles in improving PennDOT's approach to context sensitive design and training for environmental quality efforts.

Schoch previously served as the president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association and as the chair of the Pennsylvania Consulting Engineers Transportation Committee, and the Design Professionals Coalition Transportation Committee.

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