Parker, who currently oversees the transit system in San Antonio, Texas, emerged from a nationwide search to choose a successor to Beverly Scott, who is leaving MARTA after five years at the helm to head the transit system in Boston.
“We strongly believe that Keith Parker is the best choice for MARTA,” board Chairman Fred Daniels said immediately following the vote, which came early Thursday evening following an executive session to discuss the appointment.
“We are extremely proud of the work we have done to this point, and we are very confident that we have picked the right man for the right job at the right time.”
Parker also has experience closer to Atlanta, having served before moving to San Antonio as assistant city manager in Charlotte, N.C.
His diverse background also includes certification as an urban planner.
The board still must negotiate terms of Parker’s contract, a process that will begin once he receives formal written notification of his selection.