John Metesh, Ph.D., has been named director of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology and State Geologist, according to a news release.
Metesh will replace retiring director Ed Deal, who has overseen the bureau since 1998.
Metesh is assistant director of the bureau, located at Montana Tech. He has more than 20 years of progressive experience in project and program development, management, and publication that required supervision and collaboration with the public and scientific community.
He has built and managed large, complex, single and multi-year budgets under state and federal guidelines. He has participated in numerous public-policy issues related to metal mining, groundwater, coal, and other natural resources in Montana.
He holds a Professional Geologist Certificate with the State of Wisconsin and has published nearly 50 reports, articles, and abstracts related to hydrogeology and geochemistry and wrote many unpublished reports that were relied upon for critical decisions related to mine permitting and mine reclamation.
“John brings a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of Montana geology to the position of Director,” explained Doug Coe, chair of the search committee and dean of the College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies at Montana Tech.
Metesh obtained a doctorate in in Geology from the University of Montana in 2004. He also holds a master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Montana Tech (1990) and a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science-Geology from Montana State University (1986).
Dr. Metesh has worked for the MBMG for most of his career. He has held the following positions: Hydrogeologist (1989-1990), Assistant Research Hydrogeologist (1990-1995), Associate Research Hydrogeologist (1995-2003), Senior Research Hydrogeologist (2003-2005), Research Division Chief (2005-2011), and currently Assistant Director (2001-present).
Metesh begins his new position at the end of September.