Wednesday, January 15, 2014
HARRISBURG-- The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the appointment of a new executive director. R. Matthew Hough, who is the agency's deputy executive director, was approved by a unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.
Hough's takes over on Friday when Executive Director Carl G. Roe's retirement becomes effective.
Hough has 33 years of service with the Game Commission. He entered the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in June 1981 and was part of the school's 18th graduating class. He served as a wildlife conservation officer, first in Westmoreland County, then in Washington County. And in 1992, he began working out of the Game Commission's Southwest Region office. There, he served through the years in several positions including federal aid supervisor, information and education supervisor, law-enforcement supervisor and, ultimately, regional director.
Hough plans to retire in the not-too-distant future. The Board of Game Commissioners will continue its search for a candidate to serve in the post beyond Hough's term.
"I am very pleased the Board of Commissioners has shown its confidence in me by unanimously approving my appointment, and I will work tirelessly to continue the many successes the Game Commission has achieved over the years," Hough said.