Executive Office

Andy Sansom; interviewer: Timika

Executive Director's Comments (Real Media)


Executive Director, Andy Sansom
1990-2001

Our executive director must ensure that as an agency, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department carries out its mission: To manage and conserve the state's natural and cultural resources for the use and enjoyment of today's and future generations.

TPWD has 3,200 employees throughout the state and a budget of over $150 million.

Some of the issues facing TPWD include loss of habitat, repairs for park facilities, adequate water for aquatic habitats, and responding to changing demographics in the state. A major current initiative of the director is ensuring long term funding for our park system with the Lone Star Legacy program.


Mr. Sansom at Expo 2000

Some of the issues facing TPWD include loss of habitat, repairs for park facilities, adequate water for aquatic habitats, and responding to changing demographics in the state. A major current initiative of the director is ensuring long term funding for our park system with the Lone Star Legacy program.

The director must understand resource management, human resources, finance, law, the desires of the public and the legislative process. The director sets the tone and vision of an agency.

The director has staff that specialize in operations, personnel, budget, law enforcement, and park, fish, wildlife and resource management. A commission of people appointed by the governor oversees the director.

The director must have outstanding skills in understanding resource management issues, guiding large organizations, public speaking, and working with the legislature and special interest groups. Above all, the director must be able to respond to the concerns of resource professionals and serve the public.

Director Sansom has received numerous national awards in conservation and education.


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