The American Public Transportation Association said April 29 that its board named Vice President for Member Services Richard White to be APTA's acting president and CEO, with the resignation that day of former CEO Michael Melaniphy.
"The action comes after consensus between the APTA Executive Committee and Melaniphy," APTA said. White will lead the organization until a permanent CEO is selected, the announcement said.
White had been APTA's chair in 2004 to 2005 and the association said he previously held top management roles at NJ Transit, the Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco and later at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, D.C.
APTA Chair Valarie McCall said the change in leadership will encourage APTA stakeholders, from association members to coalition partners, to offer their suggestions for improving the association. She also said APTA is welcoming constructive input to make the association as transparent and open as possible.
"APTA is sharply focused on continuing its legacy as a leader that represents all modes of public transportation while advancing the future of public transportation in North America," said McCall. "We thank Michael for his valuable service, and for being a strong advocate and champion for public transit. APTA will conduct a national search and ensure that this process will be transparent as we work to appoint the next president and CEO."
That announcement included remarks by Melaniphy, who said that APTA staff and members, along with its coalition partners and Congress "have demonstrated that we can enhance the quality of life for all Americans, provide equal transportation access for all and enhance the global competitiveness" of the nation.