Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration
Mike Keiser, P.E., was appointed PennDOT's Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration in March 2021. In this position, Keiser oversees 9,000 dedicated staff members who share his commitment to serving the transportation needs of citizens across the Commonwealth. His role includes overseeing investments in PennDOT assets, ensuring quality and safety across the department, and advancing innovative strategies to solve Pennsylvania's 21st-century transportation challenges. He is adept at building strong relationships with industry and government partners and is committed to guiding the department's 11 district offices in successfully carrying out PennDOT's mission.
Prior to being named acting deputy secretary, Keiser served as PennDOT's district executive for District 8 managing all transportation-related operations for the eight-county region and leading a team of over 1,100 employees since 2012.
Keiser had a brief career in the oil and gas industry in New Mexico before joining PennDOT in 1986 as a civil engineer trainee. He held several positions including civil engineer and project manager before being promoted to district plans engineer in 1997. In 1999, Keiser was promoted to district highway design engineer where he had oversight of all highway construction and right-of-way plans. This position required close coordination with construction and maintenance staff. He was promoted to assistant district executive for design in PennDOT's District 5 Allentown Office in 2010. In this capacity, he was responsible for all design activities and supervised a staff of over 80 employees.
Keiser holds a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.