Tony Wasley to head Wildlife Management Institute

Wasley will replace Steve Williams, who is retiring March 31

The Wildlife Management Institute board of directors has selected former Nevada Department of Wildlife Director Tony Wasley to serve as WMI’s next president. Wasley will replace Steve Williams following Williams’s retirement on March 31.

“I feel deeply privileged and honored for the opportunity to join WMI in this capacity,” Wasley said. “I am genuinely excited to work with WMI’s exceptional staff and productive partnerships in addressing our shared conservation challenges.”

A longtime TWS member, Wasley retired Dec. 30 after 26 years with the NDOW, rising through the ranks from a wildlife habitat specialist, area biologist and mule deer project leader to serve nearly 10 years as director.

The past president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, he has served on the Departments of Interior and Agriculture’s Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, chaired the North American Wetland Conservation Council and co-chaired the National Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  

“Tony brings a wealth of experience and skills as past president of AFWA, director in Nevada and his work on issues of national prominence,” Williams said.

Wasley’s hiring comes as TWS signs a three-year partnership agreement with the institute.

“Tony Wasley brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership to our partner, the Wildlife Management Institute,” said Ed Arnett, CEO of The Wildlife Society. “We are excited to work with Tony in his new role to implement both of our organization’s missions.”

Header Image: Tony Wasley addresses the TWS’ Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada, in 2019. Wasley will serve as president of the Wildlife Management Institute beginning in April. Credit: TWS