Executive Director Robert “Bob” W. Duncan

Bob DuncanBob Duncan has held the position of Executive Director for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries since February, 2008. Bob has been a Wildlife professional for 42 years with 38 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 positions 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 President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and as Southeastern Representative to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Executive Board. Bob is also past President of the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society.

Bob served for 28 years on the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Steering Committee and was Chairman of that regional group for 15 years. He currently chairs the Fish & Wildlife Health Committee for the (50 state) Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies which includes the work of several subcommittees on (1) Lead, (2) Chronic Wasting Disease, and (3) the Controlled Substance Act Task Force. Bob has served for the past two years as Chairman of the Management Board of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative involving the 25 states within the Bobwhite Quail range. Bob is one of two AFWA members of the USDA Wildlife Services Feral Hog Damage Control Committee and part of the APHIS Feral Swine Coordinating Committee since 2014. Bob is Chairman of the AFWA National Survey Funding work group and a current member of the Governor’s Lyme Disease Task Force.

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 2013, Bob was named Conservationist of the Year by the Virginia Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and was also presented a Conservation and Leadership Partnership Award that same year by The Nature Conservancy.

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.