Michael May Named Assistant Executive TWRA Director

Monday, July 31, 2017
Michael May
Michael May

Michael May has been named assistant executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. 

He moves into his new role after serving as TWRA’s Information Technology Division chief since September 2011. Mr. May will handle a variety of administrative duties. 

"The enthusiasm and energy that Michael displays toward every project we have undertaken is remarkable, said Ed Carter, TWRA executive director upon making the announcement.  “I look forward to that same professionalism and leadership in his new role. His outgoing personality will be an asset not only inside the Agency but in building further working relationships with our sister agencies and federal partners.” 

As IT Division chief, Mr. May was responsible for overall direction and administration of TWRA’s statewide computer programming operations. He played a role in the implementation of Brandt Information Services as the agency’s new license vendor during the past year. During his tenure, Mr. May and his division were also honored by the Tennessee Wildlife Officers Association with the 2013 President’s Award, which signified outstanding service and dedication to the Tennessee wildlife officers. 

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be selected for this highly important position in the agency that I love,” said Mr. May. “I am excited for the new challenges and look forward to increasing relationships with the many outstanding employees dedicated to serving our agency and the citizens of our great state.” 

Prior to being named IT Division chief, Mr. May was an information resource support specialist 4 from 2003-11. He originally joined the TWRA in 2000. He was an information resources support specialist 2 & 3 for General Service before his return to the TWRA. 

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he continues to serve in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard. He was one of six Outstanding Veteran Employees working in state government honored by Governor Bill Haslam and the State of Tennessee in the 2014 Veterans Day observance. 

Mr. May’s appointment is effective July 31. Mr. May and Bobby Wilson, who oversees TWRA’s field operations, will serve as the TWRA’s assistant executive directors.



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