News Release

For Release: Thursday, August 9, 2007   
Contacts: Tom Gorey (202-452-5137) or Heather Feeney (202-452-5031)   

BLM Announces Appointments to Three Key Leadership Positions

The Bureau of Land Management today announced the appointment of three career professionals to key leadership positions in the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters office. 

Edwin L. Roberson, currently serving as manager of the BLM’s Las Cruces District in New Mexico, will be the new Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning; Michael D. (Mike) Nedd, who was Director of the agency’s Eastern States Office in Springfield, Virginia, is now Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty, and Resource Protection; and Celia Boddington, who headed the Bureau’s Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Office for more than a decade, becomes Assistant Director for Communications.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of these high-caliber individuals to key positions in our agency," said BLM Deputy Director Jim Hughes.  “All three bring with them proven management skills of the highest order and years of experience with the Bureau.”

During his tenure as manager of the Las Cruces District, Roberson has overseen the completion of the Otero and Sierra Counties Fluid Minerals Resource Management Plan Amendment.  Roberson also serves on the BLM’s national budget strategy team.  While in the Roswell Field Manager position, Roberson was named 2001 BLM New Mexico Manager of the year.  His office received the 2002 President’s award by the Wildlife Management Institute.  In his 27-year BLM career, he has served at the project, field, district, state, and national office levels of the Bureau.

Nedd holds a Master’s Degree in Information and Systems Management from Strayer University, as well as undergraduate degrees in Information and Systems Management and Business Administration.  He has held numerous positions at the BLM, including State Director, Associate State Director, and Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Deputy Assistant Director.

Boddington was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where she earned an M.A. in Medieval and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  She immigrated to the United States in 1982 and joined the BLM in 1995.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 258 million surface acres – than any other Federal agency.  Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau carries out a multiple-use mission, one that is aimed at sustaining the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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