Former City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas Tinlin credits Suffolk with making him a better manager
Tinlin, who served as the commissioner for nearly a decade, was responsible for ensuring Boston residents could move around the city’s infamous “cow paths” safely and efficiently – by foot, car and bike. He managed a small army of employees spread out across Boston, fixing potholes, cleaning the streets, replacing streetlights, and enforcing parking restrictions, a responsibility he takes seriously but thoroughly loves.
Already a seasoned professional, Tinlin enrolled in Suffolk Master’s of Public Administration program in order to hone his management skills. As a student, he worked with a team researching and writing about the high-profile and controversial Cape Wind farm project that has been in the works for many years. Tinlin also says a class trip to Washington, D.C. with Professor Linda Melconian opened his eyes to the ways in which what happens – or doesn’t happen – there affects ordinary Americans’ lives. On a daily basis, though, the Commissioner says he applies techniques and principles he gleaned from his professors and fellow students while at Suffolk.
“I find that I am able to team build better, and take into account all sides of an issue before I make a decision,” he says, adding that he seeks a wider array of views now than he did before starting his master’s work.
“I would say my degree and the experience prepared me for an ever changing world. I think education when you are mid-career is a great opportunity, for the world is much different than when I started my career.”
Tinlin recently accepted a new position as Chief of Operations and Maintenance for the MassDOT Highway Division.