The state’s Transportation Strategy Board (TSB) has a new director, Yale University executive and former real estate developer Bruce Alexander.

He was chosen by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to replace Kevin Kelleher, president of Danbury-based corporate relocation firm Cartus Group.

As Yale’s vice president for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development, Alexander presides over the 15-member board that studies the state’s perennial transportation woes.

"He understands our need to support and enhance every mode of transportation in our state—from rails and buses, to airports, roads, bicycles and pedestrians," said Gov. Rell, adding, "I especially appreciate his capacity to look ahead and think about transportation in the future and how it must remain adaptable to the changing needs of Connecticut's citizens."

At his first board meeting in January, Alexander stressed the need for the TSB to explore new opportunities for state transportation funding, and to focus on prioritizing the most critical projects.

The Yale Daily News has an interview with Alexander about his new role.