Lifetime Achievement Award
Denver Tolliver will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his long-term achievements as an educator and researcher. Tolliver has been with the UGPTI since 1980, serving in various leadership and research positions. He has been director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute since 2012. He served as associate director for nine years before that. In addition, Tolliver is the director of the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC)—a multi-university consortium that serves as the university transportation center in federal Region 8. Under Tolliver's leadership, the Mountain-Plains Consortium has won competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers Program since 1988.
Tolliver also leads the interdisciplinary graduate program in Transportation and Logistics at North Dakota State University and is chair of the Transportation Leadership Graduate Certificate Program—a national online education program that involves 13 major universities located throughout the United States, with participation from many others.
During his career, Tolliver has been awarded more than $20 million in grant funding and has authored and co-authored more than 150 transportation research papers, including reports for federal and state agencies such as the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and several state departments of transportation. Tolliver earned his Ph.D. in environmental design and planning and his masters in urban and regional planning from Virginia Polytechnic University. His bachelor's degree in geography is from Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.