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J. Randy Young
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Arkansas Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission
In office
May 30, 1985 - Present
Years in position 30
Base salary$110,533
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 30, 1985
Appointed byGov. Bill Clinton (D)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas
Office website
J. Randy Young is the current Arkansas Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission. Young was appointed executive director on May 30, 1985.[1]


Young has worked for the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission since 1971 when he was hired as an entry-level Water Resources Engineer. In 1985 he was appointed as Chief Executive and has held that position under four different governors.


  • B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Arkansas

Political career

Director of Natural Resources (1985-Present)

Young was appointed Arkansas Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission on May 30, 1985.[2]

Deputy Director, Natural Resources Commission

Young has spent his entire career at the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Before becoming executive director, Young was a deputy director and chief engineer. He has also worked for the commission as a water resources engineer.

NASCA (1999-2000)

Young was president of the National Association of State Conservation Agencies from 1999 to 2000, and has served as chairman and secretary-treasurer of the Interstate Council on Water Policy.[3]

He also serves on the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact, Arkansas Pollution Control & Ecology and Arkansas Water Well Construction Commissions.[3]



Young was appointed as Arkansas Executive Director of Natural Resources Commission by then-Gov. Bill Clinton (D) in 1985.[3]

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