THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GEORGE W. BLACK, JR. TO BE A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
The President today announced his intent to nominate George W. Black, Jr. of Georgia to serve as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Mr. Black has served as Director of Transportation for Gwinnett County, Georgia, a large suburban county outside of Atlanta, since 1988. In this position he is responsible for the design, right of way acquisition, construction, maintenance and operation of the County's roadway, airport and storm water systems.
Mr. Black has more than twenty-two years experience in transportation with Gwinnett County. From 1985 to 1988 Mr. Black served as Director of Engineering for Gwinnett County. Prior to that he served as County Traffic Engineer and Assistant County Engineer for 12 years. As County Traffic Engineer, Mr. Black co-founded and was a member of the County Policy Department's Fatal Accident Investigation Unit. He has responded to and investigated more than 1,500 vehicular crashes. Mr. Black holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Black is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, the Transportation Research Board's Traffic Law Enforcement Committee, and a technical committee member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In 1975, he and Gwinnett County were honored for their efforts in highway-rail grade crossing safety by the "Operation Lifesaver" program. He served in the United States Air Force as an aircraft maintenance officer on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft.
Mr. Black's qualifications and experience as a civil engineer will provide the NTSB with the technical expertise necessary to evaluate complex highway, bridge design and maintenance issues.
The National Transportation Safety Board is responsible for investigating and determining the cause of transportation accidents in all modes of transportation and makes recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence.