July 28, 2011 –University of Houston Law Center Associate Professor Marcilynn Burke has been named acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior.
“Marcilynn’s broad experience with the Bureau of Land Management and as an expert in natural resource matters will greatly benefit Interior’s energy and conservation priorities,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in making the announcement. “She is an outstanding choice to ensure Interior’s programs address the challenges of managing our public lands and resources in the 21st century.”
Burke took leave from the Law Center in August 2009 to serve as the Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director for Policy. In her new position, she will help establish Interior policies and provide oversight to the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. She will also oversee management of public lands and resources, including production of federal energy and mineral resources, both onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf. Read full Department of Interior announcement.