May 27
Secretary Oakley Appoints Deputy Secretaries at SCDOT

Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley has appointed the following individuals as Deputy Secretaries effective immediately:


  • Mark Lester is appointed Deputy Secretary for Intermodal Planning. Mark has an outstanding and diverse 23-year career with the agency, beginning with SCDOT as a summer intern before starting full-time in Traffic Engineering in 1991. From 1993 until 2010, Mark worked in the Preconstruction Division where he served in a variety of capacities including Program Manager, Program Development Engineer and Regional Production Engineer for the Upstate region. He then served as the Director of Planning for 3½ years before being appointed as Acting Deputy Secretary for Intermodal Planning in February of this year. Mark currently sits on the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning and the Standing Committee on Performance Management. He is a 1991 graduate of Clemson University with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Photo link:,Mark.jpg


  • Jim Warren is appointed Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration. Jim has over 40 years of related experience in financial management and accounting as well as process improvement.  He has served previously as the Chief Financial Officer for two separate private firms with long tenures in each firm prior to joining SCDOT in December of 2011 as its Chief Financial Officer.   Jim has been instrumental in leading the agency to a sound financial posture over the past 3 years and has worked diligently to improve the financial operations, financial planning and transparency within SCDOT's Finance & Procurement Division.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Management from the State University of New York, Buffalo and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Canisius College. Photo link:,Jim.jpg



  • Christy Hall is appointed Deputy Secretary for Engineering. Christy is a 20-year SCDOT veteran with a diverse background, including design and program management experience. Christy began her career in Preconstruction before moving to the field to serve as the District Engineering Administrator for District 2. She returned to SCDOT Headquarters in the fall of 2011 to serve as the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Procurement.  In that role, she led the efforts to stabilize the agency's finances and instill fiscal discipline to SCDOT operations by deployment of revised business practices and cash management techniques. Most recently, she fulfilled the role of Acting Secretary of Transportation and served in an outstanding manner.  Christy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 1994 and is a registered Professional Engineer. Photo link:,Christy.jpg


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