Catherine McGhee, P.E.
Chief Deputy Commissioner
Cathy McGhee was appointed as VDOT’s chief deputy commissioner in May 2022.
McGhee carries a wealth of industry knowledge that will continue to place VDOT as a leader in transportation innovation and technology. She is skilled in collaborating and working across multiple state agencies while working to find solutions to transportation challenges.
McGhee has more than 30 years of experience in traffic engineering and system operations, intelligent transportation systems, and data and performance measurement.
Prior to her appointment, McGhee served in a dual role as the Director of the Office of Transportation Research and Innovation for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Director of the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC).
McGhee received her bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and master’s degree and from the University of Virginia, both in civil engineering.
She has held a professional engineer’s license in Virginia since 2004.