Mr. Nick Wiley, FWC Executive Director
As current Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Nick Wiley worked through the ranks of the agency since his first day as a wildlife resource biologist in Lakeland in 1988. Over 29 years of public service in Florida, he headed the agency’s Alligator Management Program, Small Game Management Section, Bureau of Wildlife Management and Division of Hunting and Game Management. Wiley moved into the post of assistant executive director for the FWC in 2008 and executive director in 2009. FWC is responsible for rule-making, management, enforcement and research relative to fish and wildlife resources statewide. His service on the board for the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida helps galvanize our strong partnership with FWC providing funding for important conservation projects that might not otherwise be possible and supporting FWC professional staff and Commissioners in mutual efforts to conserve Florida’s diverse fish and wildlife resources.
Wiley is passionately dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife resources and an energetic advocate for getting youth outdoors. He is actively involved in efforts to strengthen our American heritage as anglers and hunters working on the front lines to conserve wildlife populations and habitat for future generations.
His scientific training and early career focused on terrestrial wildlife, but his professional expertise has broadened into fresh water and marine fisheries policy and he has always been an avid angler. Wiley also clearly understands the importance of the human-dimensions aspects of wildlife management. He has promoted hunting summits to bring in various stakeholders to discuss the future of hunting and incorporated solid research and marketing approaches to meet hunters’ needs.
Wiley, who earned his master’s degree in wildlife management from Auburn University in 1986 after earning his bachelor’s in biology from Georgia Southern University in 1983, lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Evelyn, and sons, Duncan and Brooks.
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