PR: Michigan Trails Names New Executive Director

For Release April 25, 2017

Michigan Trails Names New Executive Director

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson

Lansing, Mich — Bob Wilson has been named Executive Director of Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. Mr. Wilson brings more than 30-years of experience in natural resources policy, environmental law and environmental policy and has a record of leadership in Michigan’s Trails development. He has served on the Michigan Trailways Council, the Ingham County Park Board and has been a natural resources governance fellow at Michigan State University. He will leave his position as Senior Policy Advisor for the Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office where he worked to develop recommendations for natural resources policy for the Senate Republican Caucus in in May. He remains a professor of Environmental Law and Environmental Policy at Western Michigan University and has taught Environmental Law, Environmental Policy and Michigan Government at Michigan State University.

“We are thrilled to have Bob Wilson in this position” said board chair Diane Bancroft. “Bob has been at the helm of trails development in Michigan for decades. His continued work to encourage trail groups and city officials to work toward a standard of trail development, will help ensure the public of a quality trail experience and ensure the continued growth of Michigan’s trails.” She adds “He has the passion, knowledge, experience and foundation to take this position, and his enthusiasm for trails is contagious.”

Bob holds both a BA in American History, an MBA in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Michigan State University, and received his JD at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. “As a professor of Environmental Law and Policy at both MSU and WMU I am a “trail educator” through both my policy and law classes as I teach a land use module about the value of trails as a key method of enhancing the quality of life and preserving the natural features of a community,” Wilson said. “I strongly believe in the importance of trails as a way for individuals to connect to a sense of place both from a natural resources and historical/cultural perspectives.”

“On behalf of the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Board of Directors. we extend our best wishes to outgoing Executive Director Nancy Krupiarz on her retirement,” says Bancroft. She continues, “Her thoughtful leadership, expertise and unconditional dedication has been invaluable. We are indebted to her vision and commitment.”

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit and the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is affiliated with the Michigan Fitness Foundation whose vision is to cultivate a culture of health to transform the status quo; improve the health of all Michiganders and to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership.