On July 1, 2014, William “Fred” Durham was appointed director of the Division of Air Quality.  Prior to his appointment, Durham served concurrently as the DAQ’s deputy director and assistant director of planning for five years. The planning section is responsible for developing revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for achieving and maintaining air quality standards, compiling emissions inventories, developing regulations and performing air quality modeling.


Durham has also served as the principal liaison for Transportation Air Quality Planning with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highways Administration and various metropolitan transportation planning organizations throughout the state.


Prior to joining DAQ in 1992, Durham worked in a high-technology segment of the petroleum industry where he accumulated more than 10 years of experience in various operational and technical management positions. The Charleston resident has guest lectured at Marshall University Graduate College, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.


Durham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, graduating with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also successfully completed the Penn State Executive Program: Management Program for Natural Resource Managers, as well as West Virginia University’s DEP Supervisors Development Certificate Program. He has more than 29 years of management experience, including 17 in air quality management.