R. Matthew Hough will succeed Carl G. Roe on Friday as executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Raised in Washington County, Mr. Hough graduated from Trinity High School in 1975 and earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1980. In 33 years with the Game Commission, Mr. Hough has served as a wildlife conservation officer in Westmoreland and Washington counties and as southwest regional director. He’s been Mr. Roe’s deputy since 2010.
Mr. Hough plans to retire. The Board of Game Commissioners will consider him to be an interim executive director as it continues a nationwide search for a more permanent replacement for Mr. Roe.
In a written statement, Mr. Hough said he plans to maintain consistency within the agency and review its financial stability.
“I am very pleased the Board of Commissioners has shown its confidence in me by unanimously approving my appointment, and I will work tirelessly to continue the many successes the Game Commission has achieved over the years,” he said in the statement.