May 24, 2007
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Gregson Named Director of State Division of Coastal Management
RALEIGH – James H. Gregson of Wilmington has been named director of the N.C. Division of Coastal Management and will begin his duties on June 1.
Gregson replaces Charles Jones, who will retire effective May 31. Coastal Management regulates development in 20 coastal counties, helps local governments establish accessways for the public to reach coastal waters and administers the Coastal Reserve Program, which sets aside coastal lands for research and education.
“Jim’s knowledge of coastal issues is just one asset he will bring as director of Coastal Management,” said Secretary Bill Ross of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. "His managerial skills and his ability to work on complicated issues with local governments and stakeholders in a thoughtful manner make him an excellent choice to lead the division.”
Gregson has worked at DENR for nearly 20 years. Since 2002, he has managed permitting and enforcement activities for the Division of Coastal Management's Wilmington Office. From 1997 to 2002, he was a field representative in DCM's Wilmington Office. Prior to working with Coastal Management, Gregson worked as an Environmental Specialist for the Division of Water Quality at the Wilmington Regional Office, reviewing CAMA permit applications, inspecting agricultural operations and acting as an investigator during emergency response episodes.
Gregson, a native of Virginia, received a bachelor’s degree in biology and premed from the College of William and Mary in Willliamsburg, Va. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Wilmington with their two-year-old daughter, Juliana.