Nick Tennyson oversees four business functions: strategic planning, information technology, fiscal, and intergovernmental affairs and budget coordination in his role as Chief Deputy Secretary of Support. Another of his key responsibilities is the development and implementation of a 25-year transportation infrastructure plan. Mr. Tennyson is also currently filling the role of Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Operations.
He served four years as mayor of Durham, from 1997-2001 and co-founded the Metropolitan Coalition of Mayors with Gov. Pat McCrory, then mayor of Charlotte, and former Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf. He has also served as vice-president of government relations for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, executive director of Triangle Advocates for Citizens of Tomorrow Inc. Prior to that, he was a home builder and developer. Prior to joining the Department of Transportation, Mr. Tennyson was executive vice-president for the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.
Mr. Tennyson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.