Highway Division Speakers
Eric Boyette, NCDOT Secretary of Transportation
Eric Boyette was appointed secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation in February 2020. With more than 20 years of experience in state government, Boyette began his career with NCDOT and served in several leadership roles, including chief information officer, inspector general and Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner.
In April 2017, Boyette was appointed as secretary and state chief information officer at the N.C. Department of Information Technology. In this role, he led the state department responsible for all IT procurement, state cybersecurity, operational services, broadband infrastructure, solutions division, data analytics center, the N.C. 911 Board and strategic IT planning. He previously served as the deputy state chief information officer for solution delivery for NCDIT.
Leland Colvin, SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering
Leland has been with SCDOT for over 25 years and currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for Engineering. He has served in various positions throughout the Department including Director of Construction, the Design/Build Construction Engineer and the Program Manager for the Charleston metro area. His most fascinating assignment was being involved with the demolition of the Grace Memorial and Silas Pearman bridges in Charleston. Despite being a faithful Clemson fan and season ticket holder, he is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds his Professional Engineer’s license. Leland is married to the former Kelly Jenkins and the proud father of two girls. He and his family reside in Irmo.
Christy Hall, SCDOT Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall is responsible for leading the Department of Transportation for the state of South Carolina. In her capacity as the head of the agency, she is responsible for directing and guiding all of the agency’s planning, maintenance, construction and operational efforts for the nation’s fourth largest state-owned highway system.
Secretary Hall rose through the ranks of the agency and has served in a variety of roles in both Headquarters and the Field during her twenty-plus-year career with SCDOT. She has just about done it all at the agency from design, to construction, to maintenance to serving in several different leadership positions on the Finance and Engineering sides of the agency. Secretary Hall’s unique experience has served the agency well so far, whether it was leading response and recovery efforts during the recent natural disasters that struck South Carolina or providing valuable assistance to the state’s policy makers which resulted in an unprecedented increase in state funding for our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
Ms. Hall is a South Carolina native, a graduate of Clemson University, and a registered Professional Engineer. She has been blessed with several awards and recognitions, including the state’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Palmetto, which Governor Nikki Haley conferred upon the Secretary.
Ronnie Ketter, NCDOT Chief Engineer
As chief engineer, Ronnie Keeter oversees and directs the engineering and program activities of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 14 highway divisions, Transportation Mobility and Safety Division, the Central Units, and the Technical Services Division.
He has been with NCDOT for more than 27 years and has served in several field engineering positions across the state, including Division Engineer in Division 4. He became Eastern Deputy Chief Engineer in 2019, responsible for directing construction, maintenance and operations programs across the state’s seven eastern highway divisions. He was appointed Chief Engineer in November 2020.
Beau Memory, NCDOT Chief Operating Officer
As the chief operating officer, Beau Memory oversees the Division of Highways, Ferry Division, Aviation Division, Rail Division, the Integrated Mobility Division (Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, Public Transportation Division), Division of Planning & Programming, and Office of Communications, Community Outreach and Public Engagement.
Memory has spent his career working in transportation and has served in leadership roles in the public and private sectors. In his previous role, Memory served as National Transportation director at SAS Institute, supporting transportation agencies as they leverage available data for evidence-based decision making, operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Josh Quattlebaum, SCDOT Bridge Construction Engineer/Co-Chair CAGC/SCDOT Joint Bridge Subcommittee
Josh is a Bridge Construction Engineer in the Director of Construction Office for SCDOT, and the current co-chair of the CAGC/SCDOT Joint Bridge Subcommittee. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, receiving his BS and MS in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Prior to joining the department as a geotechnical engineer in 2014, he previously worked in the private sector as a structural designer, materials engineer, and geotechnical engineer with two local consulting firms. Josh is a registered professional engineer in SC and currently resides in Irmo with his wife Leah, also an engineer with SCDOT, and their two children.
Clay Richter, SCDOT Road Construction Engineer/Co-Chair CAGC/ACEC/SCDOT Design-Build Subcommittee
Clay is the Road Construction Engineer for Districts 4 and 5 in the Director of Construction Office for SCDOT, and the co-chair of the CAGC/ACEC/SCDOT Design-Build Subcommittee. He is a 2003 graduate of Clemson University and has worked for SCDOT for 18 years. Clay began his career at SCDOT in the Beaufort/Jasper Construction office, gaining progressive experience in field construction and inspection that lead him to be the Resident Construction Engineer in both Abbeville and Anderson. Clay is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington with his wife Ruth and their two children.
Boyd Tharrington, NCDOT State Construction Engineer
Boyd Tharrington is a 1999 graduate from NC State with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has 19 Years of service with the Department of Transportation which covers five years as Assistant Resident Engineer, twelve years as Resident Engineer, and two years as Division Construction Engineer. He is a register professional engineer in North Carolina.