The Texas Transportation Commission appointed retired three-star General Joe Weber as executive director of TxDOT in a special called meeting April 4. Weber will fill the position recently vacated by Phil Wilson, who left the agency to head the LCRA. Weber will assume his duties at the end of April.
According to the Bryan/College Station Eagle, Weber, a retired Marine Corps general and longtime friend of Governor Perry, was commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, which involved overseeing more than 70,000 Marines and sailors, with an annual budget of $80 million and holdings and assets totaling $33 billion in his final active duty assignment. From 2004 to 2005, he served as chief of staff of the Multinational Force Iraq based in Baghdad. He is Texas A&M Class of 1972. Currently, Weber serves as the vice president of student affairs at Texas A&M University. In that capacity, Weber supervises four associate/assistant vice presidents and is responsible for 18 departments, 900 student organizations and 40 campus-wide programs that serve A&M's nearly 59,000-person student body.