Transportation secretary appoints Duluth port director to national advisory councilDuluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, Adolph Ojard, has been appointed to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director, Adolph Ojard, has been appointed to the new Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Ojard brings to this national commission a lifetime of expertise related to the maritime industry, the vast majority of which was spent overseeing transportation logistics on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway. In addition, he continues to serve in several key leadership roles for industry and government policymaking.
A Great Lakes maritime and transportation veteran, Ojard has served as the Port Authority’s chief executive since 2003. For more than 30 years prior, he worked with transportation affiliates of the U. S. Steel Corporation where he held executive positions in rail, inland barging, and Great Lakes shipping. He was president of the Warrior Gulf Navigation Co. in Alabama until 1997 when he became general manager of both the DM&IR Railway and USS Great Lakes Fleet, regional railroad and vessel companies headquartered in Duluth, Minn. Ojard is currently president of the American Great Lakes Ports Association, serves as the Great Lakes representative on the AAPA Executive Committee and Legislative Policy Council, and chairs the Great Ships Initiative advisory committee. Ojard also serves on the executive committee of the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies and the board of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council,
The announcement, made by LaHood on Friday named nearly 30 members to the new MTSNAC. Five of those appointees, including Ojard, represent members of the American Association of Port Authorities. Others include: