DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson to deliver BRCC’s fall commencement address

December 13, 2019

Shawn WilsonDr. Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will serve as the commencement speaker at Baton Rouge Community College’s 23rd Commencement ceremony, Friday, Dec. 13 in the Bonne Sante’ Health and Wellness Center on the Mid City Campus, 201 Community College Drive. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Nearly 300 degrees will be conferred for students who completed their studies during summer and fall 2019.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Shawn Wilson as our commencement speaker this fall. As the structural landscape of Louisiana continues to grow under Dr. Wilson’s leadership, providing an abundance of opportunity for our graduates, we look forward to him sharing words of encouragement through his experience in leveraging opportunity, revenue growth, and collaboration and diversification of such an important government office,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith.

About Dr. Shawn Wilson
Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Dr. Shawn Wilson Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development on January 22, 2016, after more than 15 years of executive service. Since his appointment, Dr. Wilson has advocated for new revenue, maximizing federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative and diverse in its work at every level. 

In 2017, Dr. Wilson collaborated with legislators in a bipartisan effort attempting to deliver sustainable infrastructure funding. Despite limited resources, Dr. Wilson has overseen the Department’s completion of over 1200 projects across the State and led DOTD to earn nearly $400 million dollars in competitive federal funding. The Department is in the midst of procuring and delivering $650 million in Louisiana’s first GARVEE Bond issuance for two Design Build Projects – a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the State’s first Public Private Partnership. 

A New Orleans native, Dr. Wilson is a champion for education, having obtained a B.A. in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana, a Master of Public Administration Degree as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University. He and his wife, Rocki, reside in Lafayette and have two children, one son-in-law, and two beautiful grandchildren.