VDOT Leadership

James S. Utterback, PMP

Hampton Roads District Administrator


James S. Utterback was named to lead VDOT’s Hampton Roads District in 2013. 
Prior to that he was VDOT's Culpeper District administrator, having been named to that post in 2008.


He joined VDOT in 1999 as an engineer, working in its Management Services, Location and Design, and Innovative Project Delivery divisions.

Utterback led VDOT’s Charlottesville Residency from January 2005 to mid-2006.

He then became project management officer in VDOT’s Scheduling and Contracts Division.

In that role, he oversaw statewide implementation of VDOT’s project management program, including the development of policies, procedures and processes.

He also oversaw the integration of state-of-the-art project management software tools to support delivery of the agency’s Six-Year Improvement Program.

He was a program manager for ITT Defense and Electronics in Roanoke between 1995 and 1999.


Utterback served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly 10 years before joining the engineering and consulting firm. He now serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.


He earned a master’s degree in business from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Military Institute.


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