Department of Highways, District 10
District 10 Chief District Engineer Linda Wagner-Justice Named Outstanding Alumna by Big Sandy Community & Technical College

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY. – (May 10, 2006) -- Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10 in Jackson, has been named the 2006 Outstanding Alumna by the Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg.

Wagner-Justice will be honored and will be the guest speaker during the college's commencement on May 12 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

"Linda is one of our very brightest pre-engineering graduates, an extremely pleasant soft-spoken lady with lots of personality," said John D. Sammons, BSCTC professor who nominated her for the award. "She has truly excelled professionally in an area almost totally dominated by men. I consider her a true inspiration to those females wanting to enter the world of civil engineering and one of the finest human beings you will ever encounter."

"We congratulate Linda. She deserves this honor," said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "Linda is an exemplary leader. Her uplifting spirit and dedication to excellence embodies the character of so many of our valued employees."

Wagner-Justice holds a place in Kentucky history. In 1998, she became the first female chief district engineer ever in the Commonwealth when she was appointed to that position in the District 12 office in Pikeville.

She attended the former Prestonsburg Community College from 1979-80 and then returned from 1982-84 before transferring to the University of Kentucky. She has spent her entire career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since her graduation from the University of Kentucky in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering as a KYTC scholarship recipient. She worked in bridge maintenance with District 12 from until October 1994, then was promoted to resident engineer in Pike County. In 1996 she was Traffic branch manager in District 12 until her appointment as chief district engineer. She served in that capacity until 2002, when she was appointed deputy executive director for construction and operations in the state highway engineer's office in Frankfort.

In 2004, Wagner-Justice returned to the eastern Kentucky area as acting chief district engineer in the Jackson district office. Upon the appointment of a permanent CDE in Jackson, she assumed the role of assistant CDE and was later appointed CDE at Jackson in early 2005.

Wagner-Justice is a native of Holden, W. Va., and is a graduate of Johnson Central High School in Paintsville. She is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky. She currently lives in Betsy Layne with her husband, Charles, and their daughter, Elon.

The Outstanding Alumni award is bestowed following a nomination process which seeks input from students, staff, faculty and the community. Each year the honor is bestowed upon a former student who has exhibited career success and has had a positive effect on the community.