RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation today named Ed Goodwin to lead the North Carolina Ferry Division as its new Director. Goodwin has a long history of leadership in both civilian and military positions that will be vital as the division redoubles its efforts to develop new strategies, operate more efficiently and better serve customers. Goodwin will be based at NCDOT's State Shipyard in Manns Harbor and will begin his new role April 7.
Goodwin most recently served as the Eastern Regional Director in the Office of the Governor. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners and had a 21-year career as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS).
"The Ferry Division is fortunate to have Ed Goodwin as its new Director", said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson "He brings the type of visionary leadership experience that will help guide the Ferry System into the future and secure its place as a safe, reliable and efficient transportation link for Eastern North Carolina and an exceptional experience for the region's visitors."
Former Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas will remain with the Ferry Division as a Deputy Ferry Director based out of Morehead City, while Deputy Ferry Director Jed Dixon will remain in his role based in Manns Harbor. Both will continue to play critical leadership roles in the day-to-day operation of the Ferry System.
The North Carolina Ferry System is the second-largest state-run ferry system in the United States. It serves two million passengers annually on seven regular routes and 22 ferries across Eastern North Carolina, from Southport to Knotts Island.