Game Commission Executive Director Appointed
January 16, 2014
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the appointment of a new
executive director. R.
Matthew Hough, who is the agency’s deputy executive director, was approved by a
unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. Hough’s
appointment will become official at 4 p.m. on Friday when Executive Director
Carl G. Roe’s retirement becomes effective.
has 33 years of service with the Game Commission. He entered the Ross Leffler
School of Conservation in June 1981 and was part of the school’s 18th
graduating class. He served as a wildlife conservation officer, first in
Westmoreland County, then in Washington County. And in 1992, he began working
out of the Game Commission’s Southwest Region office. There, he served through
the years in several positions including federal aid supervisor, information
and education supervisor, law-enforcement supervisor and, ultimately, regional
was named the Game Commission’s deputy executive director in 2010. As deputy
executive director, he is responsible for the day-to-day operational
supervision of the agency’s six regions.
plans to retire in the not-too-distant future. The Board of Game Commissioners
will continue its search for a candidate to serve in the post beyond Hough’s
says he will strive to maintain stability within the agency. Among the tasks he
plans to take up initially is conducting a full review of the agency’s finances
to make sure the Game Commission will continue to prosper going forward.
essential that the agency’s workforce remain at full complement and all of the
many programs to benefit wildlife stay on track and continue to achieve
results, he said.
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,” Hough
grew up in Washington County, where he graduated from Trinity High School in
1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from West Virginia
University in 1980.
and his wife Jodi now reside in the Orrtanna area in Adams County. They have
four children: Nathan, Mackenzie, Whitney and Tanner.