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Jim White, Port of Baltimore Executive Director, Resigns

[ December 5, 2019   //   ]

James J. White, who has guided the Helen Delich Bentley the Port of Baltimore during a period of record revenue, cargo and job growth as executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), has announced his resignation effective December 31. Executive Director White led operations for 18 years as Port of Baltimore improved its national rankings, upgraded security procedures and completed infrastructure projects that made it one of the few ports in America capable of receiving the largest ships in the world.

“Jim White is widely regarded as one of the finest port directors in America,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Maryland has been fortunate to have him at the helm of the Port of Baltimore for so long. I congratulate him on an outstanding career and thank him for leaving the Port of Baltimore in fantastic shape for his successor.”

“Jim’s legacy is not only in the tremendous amounts of cargo and revenue that have passed through the Port of Baltimore under his leadership, but in the many careers he has created in Baltimore and around the state,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Under Executive Director White, the Port of Baltimore leads the nation in handling autos and light trucks, roll on/roll off heavy farm and construction machinery, as well as imported sugar and gypsum. Generating some 15,330 direct jobs and 139,180 jobs linked to its overall activities, the Port drives nearly $3.3 billion in wages and salaries, $2.6 billion in business revenues and $395 million in state and local tax revenues.
“There is no better job that I have had in my life than being executive director of the MDOT MPA,” said Executive Director White. “Governor Hogan’s support for the Port of Baltimore from day one has set the course for the future of the Port from the Howard Street Tunnel to key infrastructure investments. I’ve also been lucky to have had an outstanding executive team helping me every step of the way. But the heart and soul of the Port of Baltimore are the thousands of men and women who work here every day, rain or shine, who have helped propel this Port to incredible heights. I will forever be grateful for their efforts.”
Executive Director White joined MDOT MPA in 1993 as director of operations. From 1995 until his appointment as executive director in 1999, he also served as MDOT MPA deputy executive director. In those roles he was accountable for day-to-day operations at the Port of Baltimore and directed lease negotiations with customers.