Michael P. Melaniphy is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A nationally recognized leader, Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 24 years of both public and private sector experience. Always a strong advocate for giving back, he also serves on a number of higher education and nonprofit boards.
Previously, Melaniphy served as vice president public sector for the bus manufacturer, Motor Coach Industries, Inc., where he worked for more than 10 years and was responsible for a $250 million division with facilities in the United States and Canada.
Prior to that, he led public transit systems for 11 years in Charlotte, N.C.; Wichita, Kan.; Hamilton, Ohio; and Laredo, Texas.
Melaniphy’s career began while a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., as a bus driver for the university basketball team coached by Bobby Knight. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in business administration, transportation management, having studied under the legendary transportation professor George Smerk.
He also holds an M.B.A. and a postgraduate M.B.A. Plus in transportation management from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.