Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

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    Contact: Kathy Liebler 717-939-9551 Ext. 2850                      September 16, 1997



The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today announced that Commissioner Robert A. Gleason Jr., whose four year term on the Commission term will expire Sept. 21, has been appointed to a seat on the State Transportation Commission.

Governor Tom Ridge announced Gleason’s selection yesterday along with the appointment of Bonney C. Daubenspeck, Erie, who will replace Gleason on the Turnpike Commission.

Gleason who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Gleason Agency, a Johnstown-based insurance firm, said, "My tenure with the Turnpike Commission, has been one of the most challenging, satisfying and rewarding experiences of my life. During my four year term with the Commission, critical changes and accomplishments occurred that resulted in a much improved Turnpike organization. However, the job was extremely time consuming, requiring a great deal of energy. My future priority, by necessity, will be my rapidly expanding insurance business."

Turnpike Commission Executive Director John Durbin said, "Rob Gleason served the Commission in an exemplary manner. His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of transportation issues have contributed to a better public agency and improved operations."

Gleason said, "My appointment to the State Transportation Commission is welcome and I’m glad to serve the Commonwealth in this new capacity. As we approach the 21st century, critical decisions must be made in the transportation arena. This new role will allow me to contribute to Pennsylvania’s transportation future."

The 15-member State Transportation Commission gathers and studies information relating to the needs of highway construction rapid transit, railroad, omnibus and other mass transportation facilities and services and aviation and airport services and facilities.

Gleason reffered to several major improvements that have occurred at the Commission during his tenure.

Those include:


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