The Wildlife Management Institute recently announced the hiring of William “Bill” Moritz as the new Midwest Field Representative, replacing Pat Ruble who retired earlier this year. The Midwest Field Representative serves as WMI’s liaison with the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. In addition, Bill will be working with federal, state, and non-governmental organizations to advance conservation efforts in the Midwest as well as serving on WMI teams that review and evaluate national, regional, and state conservation programs.
WMI’s strategic focus areas include: science and management projects, program review and policy development, information and education, project coordination, and service to the profession and partners. Bill’s extensive education and experience will serve us well in that role.
Bill Moritz has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology and a Master of Public Affairs from Southern Illinois University. Bill currently serves as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Natural Resources Deputy. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Safari Club International and Safari Club International Foundation. Prior to those positions, Bill worked for Michigan DNR in various positions including Chief of the Wildlife Division.
Bill will assume his position at WMI on August 5, 2017. Bill will be performing selected duties for the Michigan DNR and will continue his coordination of the Monarch Conservation Plan’s development and implementation. WMI welcomes Bill aboard and looks forward to expanded opportunities to enhance conservation in the Midwest.