Succession Planning: Determining VDOT's Professional Needs for the 21st Century: Final Report

Report No: 94-R7

Published in 1993

About the report:

This report addresses the development of a program of succession planning for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Transportation industry findings, confirmed by VDOT demographics, indicate a greater-than- average turnover among senior transportation professionals during the 1990s. This problem is accentuated by experience gaps, economic disincentives within the agency, and decreasing numbers of university graduates with training in transportation. The replacement workforce will have to be recruited from a pool of applicants significantly different from that which VDOT has traditionally used. Accordingly, VDOT will require new recruitment programs to attract professionals with a new set of skills if it is to be successful in replacing its workforce in the decades ahead. Recommendations are presented in this report that can assist VDOT in addressing these changes in the makeup of its future workforce.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Timothy M. Shea, Michael A. Perfater, Lester A. Hoel, Ph.D.

Last updated: December 23, 2023

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