As chief deputy secretary, Nick Tennyson is responsible for providing oversight and integration across all operational and support functions of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
After service as an officer in the Navy, Nick began a career as a home builder and developer. In the late 1980s, he transitioned to work with trade associations, such as the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. Before joining NCDOT, he was executive vice-president for the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties.
Nick served as mayor of Durham from 1997-2001 and co-founded the Metropolitan Coalition of Mayors with Governor Pat McCrory, then mayor of Charlotte. While serving as mayor, Nick was a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for his region. That experience provided the opportunity to learn about the NCDOT and federal transportation planning process.
Since joining NCDOT, he also served for three months as commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Nick has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University and Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.