Middlebrook appointed Acting Administrator

Saint Lawrence Seaway ­­Dev­elopment Corporation (SLSDC), the owner and operator of the U.S. segment of the St. Lawrence Seaway, recently announced that Craig H. Middlebrook had been appointed as Acting Administrator, following the recent departure of Collister Johnson Jr., about a year and a half prior to the termination of his seven-year mandate as Administrator. Mr. Johnson had been nominated by President George W. Bush in August of 2006.

A career employee with SLSDC since 1995, Mr. Middlebrook was the Agency’s Chief of Staff from 1996 to 2000, before becoming Deputy Administrator. Prior to coming to SLSDC, Mr. Middlebrook worked on surface transportation issues at the Interstate Commerce Commission, and worked for a merchant bank in the City of London. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service by President Barack Obama.

SLSDC has not said when it expects a new Administrator to be appointed. Under U.S. law, the SLSDC Administrator is appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate. The Administrator is appointed for a term of seven years, during which he or she reports to the Secretary of Transportation.