The Department of Natural Resources announced that Bob Swenson, the leader of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys for nearly a decade, will serve as its deputy commissioner.
He is replacing the vacancy left when Joe Balash was appointed commissioner on Nov. 13.
“Bob’s significant leadership experience and his breadth of knowledge of Alaska energy and geology-related issues make him an excellent fit for this important post at DNR,” Balash said in a statement.
His first day on the job in Anchorage is Nov. 25. Swenson will oversee the divisions of oil and gas and Geological and Geophysical Surveys, the Mental Health Trust Land Office, the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office and the Gas Pipeline Project Office. The other divisions fall under Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels’ leadership.
Swenson has 22 years of experience in natural resource assessment and management in Alaska. He received degrees in geology from the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming before beginning his geologic pursuits in Alaska in 1991.
Swenson moved to the public sector in 2004 to become deputy director of geologic research for the Department of Natural Resources, and in 2005 he became the Alaska State Geologist and DGGS Director.