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Executive Director Robert "Bob" W. Duncan

Bob Duncan is the Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), a position he has held since February, 2008. Bob has been a Wildlife professional for 39 years with 35 years at DGIF. He served as the DGIF Chief of Wildlife for 18 years prior to becoming the agency head.

Bob joined DGIF in 1978 as a District Biologist after serving in District and Regional Biologists roles for the state Wildlife Agencies in Kansas and Tennessee.

Duncan has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Management and he is a Certified Wildlife Biologist. He is a member of a number of professional organizations and has held leadership roles in a number of those groups. He has served as Vice-President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and as Southeastern Representative to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Executive Board.

Bob served for 27 years on the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Steering Committee and was Chairman of that regional group for 14 years.

As you might guess, Bob's work has been recognized by a number of conservation organizations with awards from the Wildlife Society, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and the State Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation in both Tennessee and Virginia. In 2002, he was awarded the Leonard Lee Rue III Natural Resource Stewardship Award presented by the Return to Nature Program for educational outreach.

Bob is a native of Radford, Virginia and his early days on the New River and in the out-of-doors in southwest Virginia ensured that he would in fact become an avid lifelong sportsman. He and his wife, Dr. Suzanne Nash Duncan, reside in Henrico County.