• BS, Mississippi State University

Memberships and citations

  • Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army (2005)
  • Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2005)


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Don is an expert in federal and state water resources policy due to his extensive experience, including 21 years as Administrator of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority.

Don’s experience also includes land and water resource issues.  He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior, where he oversaw all land and water resource agencies.

His career also includes service as a principal budget examiner at the Office of Management and Budget, overseeing the Army Corps of Engineers, the Interior Department and the TVA.

Other Experience

  • Past Vice-Chairman of the National Waterways Conference, Inc., the premier national trade association concerned with water transportation
  • Former U.S. Commissioner and Vice President of the Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses, an international organization
  • Past Chairman of the Water Resources Congress, the nation’s oldest natural resource trade association
  • Gubernatorial representative on the Southern Governors Association’s Task Force of Transportation
  • More than 40 years experience managing federal and state natural resources and economic development projects