Richard T. Cheatham Hired as Executive Director of DSC Foundation

Following an extensive search that began with the appointment of the Executive Director Search Committee in the fall of 2017, DSC Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Richard T. Cheatham as the executive Director of DSC Foundation.

As President of the DSC Foundation for the past two years, Richard has performed many of the duties and responsibilities of the executive director and has been a Director of the Foundation since its formation.

Richard is a past president of DSC and is one of the founders of DSC Frontline Foundation. He served as president of DSC Frontline Foundation for the first three years of the organization’s existence. He has been a Life Member of DSCsince 2006 and was the chairman of the 2010 DSC Convention, First Light. Richard played an instrumental role in DSC’s admission to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and represented DSC at the 2016 World Congress of the IUCN.

Richard has been involved in the outdoors since his youth. He has hunted across the U.S. and southern Africa and has cultivated an outstanding reputation with the major professional hunting associations, NGOs and outfitters and guides around the world. He comes to the Executive Director position with stellar recommendations from the hunting and conservation community.

Richard obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has been involved in the private practice of law in Dallas for over 35 years and has significant experience in the organization, governance and operation of non-profit tax-exempt entities.

Jim Tolson, chairman of the DSC Foundation Executive Director Search Committee, said “Richard’s experience, background and reputation in the hunting and conservation community, coupled with his history with DSC and extensive involvement with the Foundation, make him the ideal individual to lead DSC Foundation.”

Richard begins his official duties January 15, 2019.

About DSC Foundation

DSC Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended. DSC Foundation serves the mission of DSC to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, to educate youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Learn more about DSC Foundation at

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