Incoming Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans, and the white-tailed deer for which the state is so well known
HARRISBURG PA – Bryan Burhans, a graduate of Pottsgrove High School and former Pottstown resident who most recently worked as deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, has been unanimously selected by commissioners as the agency’s new executive director, effective March 24 (2017).
Burhans succeeds current but retiring Executive Director R. Matthew Hough, a commission employee for 35 years. The appointment vote occurred during the commission’s Jan. 31 board meeting.
The commission is the state agency that manages the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources, and specifically its wild birds and mammals. It employs more than 700 full-timers and thousands of part-timers and volunteers. Its budget is funded primarily by hunting and fur-taker license sales, state game lands timber, mineral, and oil and gas revenues, and a federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition.
After arriving at the commission in 2014 as its deputy director of administration, Burhans was commissioned during 2015 as a deputy wildlife conservation officer in addition to his responsibilities in the executive office, according to a press release. He presently serves in the field in Lebanon County.
Earlier, Burhans served as president and chief executive officer of The American Chestnut Foundation, headquartered in Asheville NC. He also served on the executive staff at the National Wild Turkey Federation for more than 12 years, worked as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and as a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Burhans said the commission remains a leader in wildlife conservation nationwide, and he’s honored for the opportunity to serve the agency, its employees, commissioners, and wildlife, hunters, and trappers. “Director Hough’s leadership has set the agency on a steady course that only can lead to success,” he added.
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