New USFWS Director Confirmed

December 12, 2019 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Contact: Corey Mason

Executive Director


Today in the United States Senate – The U.S. Senate confirmed Ms. Aurelia Skipwith to serve as the next Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She will oversee a thriving Service of roughly 8,500 employees and 568 national wildlife refuges to conserve wildlife and habitat across the country.

Skipwith has been a proven leader within the Department of the Interior (DOI). Since the beginning of her service at DOI, she has helped execute the Administration’s priority initiatives. 

Prior to her confirmation today, Skipwith had served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish & Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior.  There, she was responsible for ensuring the protection and stewardship of lands and waters within the national park and wildlife refuge systems. Skipwith earned her B.S. in biology from Howard University, M.S. in molecular biology from Purdue University, and J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

“The Dallas Safari Club is excited about the confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith to be the next Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service,” stated Corey Mason, Executive Director of DSC. “DSC shares her interests in furthering land and wildlife conservation. We look forward to working with her and stand ready to assist in efforts to increase public awareness of conservation needs.”  

Read the full press release on Aurelia Skipwith’s appointment here:

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