Bureau Names New Director for Lower Colorado Region

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced Sept. 10 that Terry Fulp has been named regional director for the Bureau's Lower Colorado Region.

Fulp has served as deputy regional director for the Lower Colorado Region since March 2008.

"Terry Fulp has the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience with the complex and challenging issues involved on the Colorado River to be an effective leader of this major Reclamation region," Connor said in a statement. "The collaborative relationships he has built during his tenure as deputy regional director have prepared him to step into the responsibilities of this position."

Fulp began his career with the Bureau in 1989 and has served his entire tenure in the Lower Colorado Region. During that time, he has been actively involved in Colorado River operations and management issues, working closely with other federal and state agencies and stakeholders. He served as area manager of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office, where he led the successful basin-wide effort to develop additional operational guidelines for Lake Powell and Lake Mead to address the impacts of long-term drought in the basin.

Fulp holds a doctorate in mathematical and computer sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, two master’s degrees, one in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and one in geophysics from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s in earth sciences from the University of Tulsa.

Fulp has received numerous awards during his career, including the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Virgil M. Kauffman Gold Medal from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of geophysical exploration.

As regional director, Fulp will oversee all Bureau operations in southern Nevada, Southern California, most of Arizona and portions of Utah and New Mexico. On behalf of the U.S. Interior secretary, the Lower Colorado Region serves as water master of the 700 miles of lower Colorado River from a point below Lees Ferry in northern Arizona to the Mexican border. The region also oversees the operation and management of Hoover, Davis and Parker Dams in addition to numerous other facilities.