MDC names new deputy director

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to its leadership team with the appointment of Mike Hubbard to the position of deputy director-resource management effective June 1. Hubbard will assume the role upon retirement of Deputy Director Tom Draper.

As deputy director-resource management, Hubbard will supervise MDC’s Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife, Protection, Private Land Services, and Resource Science Divisions.

Hubbard holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife from the University of Missouri and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Hubbard started with MDC in 1999 and has served in various roles over the last 19 years, including resource scientist, program supervisor, unit chief, and division chief for both Private Land Services and Resource Science Divisions.

“With Mike’s strong background in fish, forest, and wildlife, including his diverse education and management experience, he will provide strong leadership and strategic thinking as we navigate 21st century challenges in conservation, including wildlife diseases, scientific research, urban and private-land conservation, and changing regulations,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley.

The position of deputy director-business, held by Jennifer Battson Warren, supervises MDC’s construction division, business administration, and information technology unit. The position of deputy director-outreach and policy, held by Aaron Jeffries, supervises MDC’s Outreach and Education Division and policy unit, and continues to serve as lead government liaison at the Missouri State Capitol.

Hubbard resides in California, Mo., with his wife Kathie. His outdoor interests include camping, hunting, and fishing.