John A. Barton, P.E. is a Professor of Practice for the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, an Associate Vice Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System, and the Executive Director of the TAMUS RELLIS Campus. In these roles John directs all activities related to the development of the new TAMUS RELLIS Campus and provides direction, guidance and advice for the College of Engineering departments and their faculty to integrate the collective assets of the Texas A&M University System to generate ideas that address critical challenges to the state and nation. He also provides classroom instruction to educate students through lectures and seminars focused on leadership, public administration and emerging transportation technologies.
Mr. Barton recently retired as the Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) where he provided executive control and oversight of all TxDOT operations and the management and operation of the state’s transportation system. Mr. Barton held a variety of positions with TxDOT in two TxDOT districts as well as the agency’s central administration during his 30 years of state service including Area Engineer, Director of Transportation Planning and Development, District Engineer and Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations.
Mr. Barton graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986.
To mention a few of his most recent accomplishments, in October 2014 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering from his alma mater, in February 2015 he was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Governor Rick Perry Leadership in Transportation Award, in July 2015 he was presented with the AASHTO President’s Special Award of Merit and in August 2015 he received the FHWA Administrator’s Public Service Award.
Mr. Barton is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served in a variety of leadership positions on national associations including the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of American, Chairman of AASHTO’s Subcommittee of Traffic Engineering, and Board of Directors of the National Operations Center of Excellence. Mr. Barton was most recently named to the Safety Advisory Board for Uber Technologies, Inc. and the Advisory Board for the Southwest Research Institute.