USDA Forest Service
Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134
AS DEPUTY CHIEF FOR PROGRAMS AND LEGISLATION
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2000 -- USDA
Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck announced the
selection of Randy Phillips as the agency's Deputy
Chief for Programs and Legislation. Phillips will
be responsible for all legislative activities, policy
analysis, reinvention, controlled correspondence,
and the Forest Service strategic planning process.
"Randy brings a wealth of experience and expertise
to this position," said Dombeck. "He has
served at all levels of the agency, including the
Washington Office, enabling him to examine all areas
of policy, budget, and strategic planning as we
enter the twenty-first century. He is an exemplary
leader with whom I look forward to sharing the agency's
future challenges," Dombeck continued.
Phillips has served in the Forest Service for more
than 22 years. With degrees in forest resource management
and political science from Emory University, Florida
State University, and the University of Montana,
Phillips has a breadth of experience managing all
natural resource programs in the agency.
"I am truly honored to be selected for this
position, and I look forward to the challenges that
lie ahead," said Phillips. "I hope the
experience I have gained at all levels of the organization,
and the relationships I have developed with many
of our national forests and grassland stakeholders
will help me provide leadership to the agency."
Phillips' service with the agency includes forester,
district ranger on two national forests and grasslands,
and assistant to the regional forester in the Northern
Region, Missoula, Mont. From 1993-1997, Phillips
was the Forest Supervisor for the four national
forests in North Carolina, responsible for the
management of 1.2 million acres across the state
of North Carolina, two civilian job corps centers,
and a volunteer work force of more than four thousand
people. He assisted the governor of North Carolina
with developing a strategic plan for sustainable
forest management, chaired the Southern Appalachian
Man in the Biosphere Program, and the Natural Resource
Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University.
Randy is a current member of the Society of American
Foresters and has held memberships in the Society
for Range Management and the National Wild Turkey
Phillips is married and has two daughters.
He replaces Ron Stewart, who retired from the Forest
Service last month.