Robert H. Cary, P.E.
Salem District Administrator
Robert H. Cary, who started his career with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 1992 , became the Salem district administrator in July 2012. He previously served for five years as the Lynchburg district administrator.
As Salem’s district administrator, Cary oversees road maintenance, construction and operations for a 12-county region of southwest Virginia that includes more than 9,200 miles of roadway, more than 2,800 structures, approximately 850 VDOT employees and an annual budget of $265 million.
Following graduation from college, Cary joined William H. Gordon Associates of Woodbridge as a staff engineer and surveyor.
In 1992, he became a transportation engineer in VDOT’s Staunton District and later, location and design engineer in VDOT’s Salem District before being promoted to assistant district administrator for preliminary engineering.
Cary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, where he is currently working toward a master’s degree in transportation infrastructure and systems analysis.
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), member of AASHTO’s subcommittee on design, and is active with the Transportation Research Board and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
Born in Boston, Mass., Cary spent his childhood in Northern Virginia.
He has worked in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah and Roanoke valleys.
Interests and Hobbies
Cary enjoys photography, sailing, sports and actively participates in the community.