An Arlington architect has joined the North Texas Tollway Authority board. Mojy Haddad was sworn in during a tollway authority workshop Feb. 1.He succeeds Arlington businessman Victor Vandergriff, who had served on the board since 2007.Haddad begins his service as the Plano-based tollway authority prepares to develop the extension of Texas 360 from Arlington to Mansfield, in a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.Haddad’s term expires Aug. 31, 2014. He is a registered architect in Texas, Hawaii, Florida, California, New York and other states and has been president of CHS Architects since the company was founded in 1984.Haddad was appointed by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court on Jan. 29. His past public service experience includes seven years on the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission, including a stint as chairman.He has also served on the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee board of directors, as chairman of the Arlington Chamber Foundation and is a former chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.“Mojy’s knowledge as an architect and a planner will be very valuable to our board as we strive to meet North Texas’ growing need for transportation infrastructure,” tollway board Chairman Kenneth Barr of Fort Worth said in a statement.Haddad said he is “delighted to be involved with a visionary organization such as NTTA.”“As a new appointee,” he said, “I look forward to working with other board members and staff in addressing the transportation and mobility challenges of North Texas.”Vandergriff, 55, stepped down last month saying that it was a good time to leave the board. He had served with the agency since 2007.Vandergriff, who had previously served as chairman, served during a time when key projects were delivered, including the Sam Rayburn Tollway in Denton and Collin counties and the western extension of the President George Bush Turnpike, a key route to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.Vandergriff has also served as chairman of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which he helped build from the ground up after it was created by the Legislature in 2009.
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