Lorie Tudor was selected by the Arkansas Highway Commission to become Director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation effective March 20, 2020.
Tudor has over 36 years of service with ARDOT. Most of that time has been in the Planning Branch.
She began her career with the Department in 1981 as a Clerk Typist working in several areas, including the Fiscal Services Division and the Programs & Contracts Division. She resigned in 1995 to return to school to study Civil Engineering. She graduated in 1997 from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree. Tudor returned to the Department in 1998 as a Civil Engineer I in the Planning and Research Division. She held various titles in the planning, research and program management areas, including Assistant Division Head and Division Head of Programs & Contracts before becoming Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning in 2011. In December 2014, she was named the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for ARDOT. This position is accountable for overseeing all operational activities of the Department.
Tudor is an active member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and currently serves as Chairman for the Committee on Funding and Finance.
She received AASHTO’s Alfred E. Johnson Achievement Award recognizing a department of transportation official who has made outstanding contributions and provided exceptional service in either engineering or management.
The University of Arkansas inducted Tudor into its Academy of Civil Engineering where she became the first ARDOT female engineer to achieve this distinction in the Academy’s nearly 40-year history.
Tudor is a Registered Professional Engineer in Arkansas.