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Acting Executive Deputy Secretary

Melissa J. Batula, P.E.

Melissa J. Batula, P.E., was appointed PennDOT's Acting Executive Deputy Secretary in March 2021, after serving as the first female Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration since January 2020. Batula is proud to join over 11,000 dedicated staff members who share her commitment to serving the transportation needs of citizens across the Commonwealth. Her role includes overseeing investments in PennDOT assets, ensuring quality and safety across the department, and advancing innovative strategies to solve Pennsylvania's 21st-century transportation challenges. She is adept at building strong relationships with industry and government partners and is committed to helping to guide the department in successfully carrying out its mission.

Batula began her career in the private sector, where, from 1987 to 2006, her role grew and developed from a draftsperson to a senior design engineer. She joined PennDOT in 2006 as a senior civil engineer, where she has progressed through the department in various management positions.

Batula is a Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in organizational leadership.