Tennyson is the new Director of Transportation and Parking Services at Princeton
Charles (Charlie) Tennyson has been named Princeton’s new Director of Transportation and Parking Services following a nationwide search to fill the position. Tennyson previously served for five years as deputy head of the department.
Transportation and parking services (TPS) is part of University Services and oversees the Tiger Transit shuttle system; parking permits and management for students, employees and visitors; Incentive programs Revise your route for faculty, staff and graduate commuters; bicycle and car sharing services; and parking and transportation support for major events. TPS commute reduction programs are an integral part of the University’s program Sustainability action plan to reduce campus carbon emissions.
“I am delighted to have Charlie as the new director of transportation and parking services,” said Debby Foster, assistant vice president of campus services. “Charlie brings not only in-depth knowledge and operational experience to the job; but also the energy, enthusiasm and innovation to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as Princeton enters a period of sustained construction and change on our campus. Charlie sincerely cares about the future of mobility on our campus; as well as the way our students, faculty, staff and visitors experience parking and commuting on our campus. I have no doubt that his compassionate, data-driven leadership style will serve him well as he continues to collaborate with campus and local partners, listen to the needs of all stakeholders and empower his team. the support and tools needed to be successful. “
Tennyson has extensive experience in transportation operations, policy and public engagement. As Deputy Director of TPS, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the University’s transportation and parking system, including the University’s commuter parking program, the Revise Your commute reduction program. Ride, parking use, customer service, event management and Tiger Transit.
He led the first Campus mobility plan, which included the formation of an advisory board of students, staff and faculty leaders to study issues related to transit, bike sharing and car sharing on campus. As part of the project, TPS partnered with the University’s Architectural Office, Facilities Operations, the Department of Public Safety, and the Office of Community and Regional Affairs to reallocate campus roads for greater high mobility of pedestrians and bicycles.
Tennyson was part of the project team that created a new customer service center for accommodation, transportation and parking, on-campus meals and the TigerCard office. He also helped increase participation in the University’s Revise Your Ride commuter incentive program, which aims to reduce the arrival of single-occupancy vehicles on campus. In addition, he is an ambassador for the Diversity and Inclusion initiative for university services.
Prior to coming to Princeton in 2016, Tennyson worked at the University of Washington in a number of roles, including as a senior policy analyst for interagency transportation initiatives. He has also worked in public affairs at the United States Department of Transportation and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the nation’s largest transportation technology association.
Tennyson received a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Washington. He is in the third year of his doctorate. program in higher education administration at Rutgers University. He is a certified public parking administrator and previously served on the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Washington.