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Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.

ODOT Director MarchbanksJack Marchbanks was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation in January 2019 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.  As Director, he provides strategic leadership to the people serving Ohio’s most asset laden infrastructure agency. The Ohio Department of Transportation is “owner-operator” of an inter-modal system worth more than $120 billion. ODOT is responsible for the second largest inventory of bridges and the fifth largest interstate system in the nation.

In his prior role as Assistant Director for Business and Human Resources from 2017 to 2018, he was responsible for the overall management of the department’s 5,000 employees and the development of its $3.7 billion budget. He directed the statewide administrators of the agency’s finance, human resources, information technology, legal, and communications divisions, as well as the opportunity, diversity and inclusion programs.

Marchbanks also served as District 6 (central Ohio) Deputy Director from June 2016 to July 2017. He previously served in the same position from May 1997 to January 2007. During that almost ten-year long tenure at District 6’s helm, he oversaw the investment of more than $1.7 billion in surface transportation infrastructure improvements, including the widening of I-71 in Delaware County, the widening of the I-270 North Outerbelt from Gahanna to Dublin, the completion of US 35 in Fayette County and the completion of I-670 with the High Street Cap in Franklin County.  In addition, he collaborated with Norfolk Southern, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and multiple local governments to achieve the necessary overhead bridge clearances for “double stack” railroad freight cars – a project which made the important Heartland Rail Corridor from North Carolina through Ohio to Chicago a reality.

Jack is a former member of the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) and has worked in the private sector as marketing director for a minority-owned engineering and architectural firm.

A staunch believer in life-long learning, Dr. Marchbanks earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ohio University in May 2018. He holds an M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a master’s degree from Clark-Atlanta University. He is a proud graduate of the University of Dayton, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

He is married to Alice Flowers and lives in Columbus, Ohio.