Parks director nominated as interim DRED leader
CONCORD — State Parks Director Phil Bryce will be nominated to be interim commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
Gov. John Lynch will make the nomination at today's Governor and Executive Council meeting at Hampton Beach.
“Phil Bryce knows DRED well and will bring continuity to the position until a new commissioner is brought forward and confirmed,” Lynch said. “He has done a great job leading the Division of Parks and Recreation, and I know he will bring strong leadership to the entire department.”
Bryce has served as director of parks since August 2011 and served 10 years as the director of the Division of Forestry and Lands.
He left that position to become president of Fountains America, a forestry management, land brokerage and geographical information systems firm.
He also spent many years in the private forestry management industry.
Bryce received his bachelor's degree in forestry management from the University of Maine in 1979, and his master's degree in business from Plymouth State in 1993.
Bryce is a member of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, a trustee for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and a past chairman of the state Current Use Board.
DRED Commissioner George Bald announced last month he will retire Nov. 1.
The Executive Council must confirm Bryce's nomination. If confirmed, Bryce will serve until a new commissioner is confirmed and sworn-in.
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