Bob Cagle of Goldsboro has been named director for the eight-state Region 4 of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The three-year term runs through October 2021.

ASCE represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineer profession in 177 countries. The nation’s oldest engineering society was founded in 1852.

The organization is a provider of technical and professional conferences and continuing education. It serves students pursuing degrees in the field on through those in the profession, which is reflective of the path Cagle took.

“I have been associated with ASCE for probably 45 years,” he said. “I joined when I was a student chapter member, when I was a student at N.C. State University in 1973.

“When I got out with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, I became an associate member.”

He has been active in the ASCE over the years, he said, crediting the organization with serving him well throughout his career. A civil engineer by trade, his specialty was in the area of construction, he said. 

“(The ASCE) gave me a couple opportunities — one, the opportunity to give something back to the profession and also to give me the opportunity to develop my skills, leadership skills, management skills,” he said.

His career path included 35 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, as a civilian, starting in the Wilmington district. Among his roles was construction engineer.

“I worked on flood control-type things like the Falls Dam as a construction engineer,” he said. “I was also area engineer and oversaw the cleanup of Hurricane Fran for the whole state, but the Wilmington district was responsible.”

He moved to Goldsboro in 1997 to be a resident engineer for the Army on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Three years later he was transferred to Fort Bragg as a resident engineer.

Around 2002 he was promoted to area engineer, overseeing all the Air Force construction in North Carolina. From 2008-2010 he was in Savannah, Georgia, as deputy chief of construction for all the Army and most of the Air Force construction projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, he said.

“It was a great job — 500 people in our construction offices and right at the end we were doing $2 billion in construction placement a year,” he said. “I was deputy chief of construction. In the corporate world, I would have been chief operating officer.”

He retired in December 2010. Since moving to Wayne County 20 years ago, it has been home to him and his wife, Jan. The couple has two adult children.

He continues to actively serve in a variety of roles with the ASCE and said the latest appointment was the result of an election. 

“The members in Region 4 voted, and I jokingly say it was a hard-fought uncontested race. I was fighting with myself to make sure I wanted to do it,” he said with a laugh. 

His territory covers North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky and Arkansas. It translates to roughly 13,235 members in the organization. His goal is to represent the region to the best of his ability.

“During my three-year term I’m going to try to visit all 45 of the student chapters and colleges that have student chapters for ASCE, all the way from Notre Dame to Arkansas and points in-between,” he said. “I would like to share my experiences with the students and how good the career (in civil engineering) is. It’s very important.”

He said he also hopes to motivate younger members to get and stay involved with ASCE and encourage them to make a difference in the profession.

“I have been and will continue to be involved with public policy with the society, helping to set goals and policies we’ll use when we’re talking with the national Congress and also at the state levels,” he said. 

In March, if the shutdown is past and the Congress is in session, he said he is looking forward to heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressmen and senators and their staffs.

He is also a member of the Wayne County Board of Health and actively serves at his church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, as eucharistic minister, eucharistic visitor and teaching a Sunday school class for the youth.