Jim Kruse
Director, Center for Ports & Waterways 

Mr. Kruse has 34 years of experience directly related to marine freight transportation. He is the director of the Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), a position he has held for 19 years. He is responsible for research involving waterborne freight transportation and its multimodal connections.

Mr. Kruse served in a senior executive capacity for nine years at the Port of Brownsville, Texas (1988–1997)—with eight years as port director—where he led a successful effort to acquire a Presidential Permit for an international bridge.  His work at the port involved both marine and truck transportation issues.

Mr. Kruse has acquired a strong transportation planning background, having served on numerous local, state, and national boards and task forces. Additionally, he served as the Marine Group Chair for the Transportation Research Board (2018-2021) and served two terms as member of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (2015-2021).  He also has participated in the Texas Lieutenant Governor's Ports Advisory Subcommittee.