In January 2018, Stephen C. Brich was appointed commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the third largest highway agency in the country. Commissioner Brich oversees a $7.0 billion annual budget and a team of 7,700 people who are responsible for designing, building, maintaining and operating the state's nearly 58,000 miles of roadway, 21,000 structures and bridges, six tunnels and three ferry systems.
Brich possesses 26 years of extensive experience specializing in the areas of traffic engineering, safety, operations, transportation planning and research.
Prior to his appointment to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Brich served as a vice president with a major consultant’s operation, focusing on transportation in Virginia. He was responsible for leading strategic planning and pursuits relating to surface transportation.
Brich previously served in several senior roles with VDOT, including senior research scientist, assistant state traffic engineer for design and safety, and director of operations.
He successfully led and managed a wide array of projects and research studies during his tenure with VDOT and as a consultant. He was instrumental in developing various policy directives for VDOT’s traffic engineering and transportation system management and operations.
Brich holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland.
Brich is from the Hampton Roads area. He has two sons and enjoys surfing and boating.