Kenneth R. Wykle (‘63 BS)
Kenneth R. Wykle, a native of Ronceverte, W.Va., graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1963, where he completed ROTC and was commissioned a second lieutenant in field artillery. He also earned a master’s degree in psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Wykle was the 14th administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and the 20th overall chief road executive since the agency’s inception in 1893. The FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has 3,600 employees, a field office in every state and an annual budget of more than $27 billion. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997.
During his Army career, Wykle commanded a medium truck company in Vietnam and later taught military logistics doctrine and operations at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. He also served in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Korea and across the United States.
He has received numerous awards throughout his military career, including the Department of Army and Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, both the Department of Army and Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit three times and the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star twice. He retired in 1995 as a Lieutenant General serving as deputy commander-in-chief of the US Transportation Command. From 1995-97, he was vice president for defense transportation at Science Applications International Corporation in northern Virginia.
Wykle has participated in the National Security Management Program at Harvard University and served on the advisory council of the Center for Transportation Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also returned to the WVU campus as a visiting lecturer of the Army ROTC unit.