Alumnus Appointed to Chair Transportation Agency
George Mason Law alumnus Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham (JD '94) has been sworn in as chair of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The 140-employee agency is responsible for resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers. Nottingham was nominated by President George W. Bush in June 2006 and confirmed by the Senate on August 4, 2006.
Nottingham brings a wealth of transportation experience to the STB, most recently serving as associate administrator for policy and governmental affairs at the Federal Highway Administration. He led the Virginia Department of Transportation and served as assistant secretary for transportation under Governor Jim Gilmore. Nottingham has also held several key staff positions within the U.S. House of Representatives.
The STB was created in 1995 as the successor to the former Interstate Commerce Commission. Nottingham is the Board's fourth chairman, serving a term of office ending in December 2010.