Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Brian Steed as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, following Mike Styler’s announcement on Friday that he will retire.

“Brian is not only qualified for this position, he is also passionate about implementing best management practices for Utah’s natural resources,” said Gov. Herbert. “His commitment to sound environmental policy will be an integral part of his service in this new role, and I look forward to working with him.

Steed is currently the deputy director over policy and programs for the Bureau of Land Management. He also served as chief of staff to Congressman Chris Stewart from 2013 - 2017 and as deputy attorney for Iron County. He holds a PhD in public policy with an emphasis in environmental policy from Indiana University Bloomington, as well as a JD from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to join Gov. Herbert’s cabinet,” Brian Steed said. “Without question, Utah has some of the nation’s most incredible natural resources. I look forward to working with the talented DNR staff in continuing to wisely steward Utah’s land, wildlife, and water.”

This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate. Pending confirmation, Steed will begin his service following Executive Director Mike Styler’s retirement on June 1.