Robert H. Cary, P.E.
Salem District Administrator
Robert H. Cary, a 15-year employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), became the Salem district administrator in July 2012. He previously served as the Lynchburg district administrator.
As Salem’s district administrator, Cary oversees road maintenance, construction and operations for a region of southwest Virginia that includes more than 9,200 miles of roadway, 12 counties and about 1,000 VDOT employees..
Following graduation from college, Cary joined William H. Gordon and Associates of Woodbridge as a staff engineer and surveyor.
In 1992, he became a transportation engineer and later, location and design engineer in VDOT’s Staunton District.
He also served as the assistant Salem District engineer for preliminary engineering.
Cary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, where he is current working toward a master’s in civil and environmental engineering.
He is also a graduate of VDOT’s Executive Leadership Program and is a registered professional engineer and licensed surveyor.
American Association of State Highway Officials’ (AASHTO) technical committee of preconstruction engineering (chairman), and member of AASHTO’s subcommittee on design.
Born in Boston, Mass., Cary spent much of his childhood in Northern Virginia.
He has worked in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah and Roanoke valleys. He is married and has two children.
Interests and Hobbies
Cary enjoys photography, sailing, sports and actively participates in his children’s activities.