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Olson Named DNR Land's Division Administrator
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2015

The Department of Natural Resources has appointed one of its most well respected and experienced leaders to head the agency's Land Division staff. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp announced the appointment of Sanjay Olson. Olson had served as deputy Land Division Administrator since 2011.

As administrator, Olson will oversee almost 500 professional and technical staff working in wildlife, parks & recreation, natural heritage conservation, land acquisition, master planning and capital development programs across the state.

"I am honored and thrilled that I have been asked by Secretary Stepp and her leadership team to serve as the administrator of the Land Division", said Olson. "I look forward to leading the Land Division and its talented staff that work at our treasured state parks, that manage our rich wildlife resources, and that care for and develop the lands of the state."

Olson has worked for the DNR for more than 20 years, spending the last four years as the deputy administrator for the division. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in the Engineering & Construction Management Section within the Bureau of Facilities & Lands, the last nine of which as section chief. Before joining state government, Olson worked for a private consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering and surveying.

Olson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He succeeds Kurt Thiede, who was recently appointed Deputy Secretary after serving over four years as administrator.

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