Tulloss reappointed to state board
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Friday, December 28, 2018
The owner of a local insurance agency has been reappointed to serve on a state board that makes crucial recommendations about funding state road projects.
Gus Tulloss has served as a member of the state Board of Transportation since January 2008 under four governors. He has been reappointed to another term by Gov. Roy Cooper.
“It's an incredible feeling,” Tulloss said. “It's great to know the governor has confidence in me.”
Tulloss has served on the board under Cooper for two years, completing a four-year term as appointed by former Gov. Pat McCrory. Tulloss will now serve another full four-year term.
He was initially appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to complete a term and then reappointed by Gov. Bev Perdue.
Tulloss said all four governors were very supportive of transportation projects.
“Each one is so different, yet they are all gung-ho on transportation,” Tulloss said. “They wanted North Carolina to continue to be the ‘Good Roads State.’ Each governor fought for funding and supported transportation like you wouldn't believe.”
The next four years will be interesting in the Rocky Mount area, Tulloss said.
The Twin Counties is set to receive more than $300 million in projects, including the recently opened Sunset Avenue Bridge; widening of Wesleyan Boulevard in front of the mall; four lane expansion from Sunset Avenue into Nashville, which is a combination of three projects; work to make U.S. 64 meet Interstate 87 standards; widening Red Oak Road to four lanes; Widening of N.C. 4 to get ready for the big trucks that will be used by the CSX terminal; a complete redo of the entire Gold Rock interchange on I-95; and a double loop to Sunset Avenue and Interstate 95.
“All those road improvements will open up the area to tremendous economic growth,” Tulloss said. “It's an exciting time to be in the Twin Counties. Soon you won't even recognize the area.”
Tulloss, a representative of Division 4, which consists of five counties, including Nash and Edgecombe, has served on the board for 11 years.
Tulloss is owner of Gus H. Tulloss Insurance Agency in Rocky Mount. He has been a licensed insurance agent since 1989 and is a member of the local, state and national Association of Life Underwriters as well as a Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow.
Tulloss is a 1966 graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a former president of the North Carolina Jaycees, Rocky Mount Rotary Club and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and Benvenue Country Club and a former member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
In addition, Tulloss received the East Carolina Boy Scout Distinguished Service award in 2005 and Rocky Mount Chamber’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year award in 2016.
Nineteen men and women from across the state make up the Board of Transportation. The members represent different transportation divisions in the state and work with state transportation staff to make decisions about transportation priorities.
District 4 consists of Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Halifax, Wayne and Johnston counties.