March 31, 2015
MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has appointed one of its most well respected and experienced leaders to head the agency's Land Division staff. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp today announced the appointment of Sanjay Olson as administrator. Olson had served as deputy Land Division Administrator since 2011.
"I am excited to add Sanjay to our management team and look forward to his input and collaboration," said Stepp. "Sanjay's strong leadership and management skills along with his proven track record of collaboration and customer service are welcomed assets to our agency's leadership team."
As administrator, Olson will oversee almost 500 professional and technical staff working in wildlife, parks & recreation, natural heritage conservation, land acquisition, master planning and capital development programs across the state.
"I am honored and thrilled that I have been asked by Secretary Stepp and her leadership team to serve as the administrator of the Land Division", said Olson. "I look forward to leading the Land Division and its talented staff that work at our treasured state parks, that manage our rich wildlife resources, and that care for and develop the lands of the state."
Olson has worked for the Department of Natural Resources for more than 20 years, spending the last 4 years as the deputy administrator for the division. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in the Engineering & Construction Management Section within the Bureau of Facilities & Lands, the last nine of which as section chief. Before joining state government, Olson worked for a private consulting firm, specializing in civil engineering and surveying.
Olson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Olson succeeds Kurt Thiede, who was recently appointed Deputy Secretary after serving over four years as administrator. Olson begins his new position immediately.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sanjay Olson, Lands Division administrator, 608-261-6453