Durham, who has been with the division since 1992, has been serving as acting director since Feb. 28, when the former director retired. His appointment takes effect with the start of the new fiscal year July 1.
Durham holds a bachelor of science degree in physics, graduating with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also successfully completed Penn State’s executive program, Management Program for Natural Resource Managers as well as West Virginia University’s DEP Supervisors Development Certificate Program.
He has more than 29 years of management experience, including 17 in air quality management.
Durham served concurrently as the DAQ’s deputy director and assistant director of planning since 2009. The planning section is responsible for developing revisions to the state implementation plan for achieving and maintaining air quality standards, compiling emissions inventories, developing regulations and performing air quality modeling.
Durham also has served as the principal liaison for Transportation Air Quality Planning with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highways Administration and various metropolitan transportation planning organizations throughout the state.
Prior to joining DAQ, Durham worked for more than 10 years in a high-technology segment of the petroleum industry. The Charleston resident has guest lectured at Marshall University Graduate College, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.