Executive Director, Port of Corpus Christi Authority
On April 26, 1994, the Commissioners of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority unanimously selected John P. LaRue as Executive Director. Mr. LaRue's appointment follows a career of public service that spans more than 35 years.
As Executive Director of the Port of Corpus Christi, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Port, one of the largest in the United States and the largest economic generator of the region. This oversight includes the Departments of Engineering, Finance & Administration, Government Affairs, Security, Operations, Human Resources, and Trade Development. He reports to a seven-member Commission appointed by Nueces (3) and San Patricio (1) Counties and the City Council of Corpus Christi (3).
Mr. LaRue is Treasurer of the Port Industries of Corpus Christi, a coalition of major port-related entities in Corpus Christi concerned with advancing the quality of life. In addition, he is Chairman of the State of Texas Department of Transportation Port Advisory Committee; he serves on the board of the International Refrigerated Transport Association; the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance Board; and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities.
Among his many local community activities he also serves as Board Member and Past Chairman of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation; the United Way Board of Directors; and the John Paul II High School Board.
Immediately prior to assuming his duties at the Port of Corpus Christi, Mr. LaRue was Executive Director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Mr. LaRue received his BA and MA in Political Science from Villanova University. He and his wife, Diane, enjoy their life in Corpus Christi. They have four sons and four grandchildren.