The N. C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Secretary John Skvarla announced today the appointment of Linda Culpepper as the new director of the state Division of Waste Management, effective June 1.
Culpepper, who has been the division’s deputy director for 11 years, succeeds Dexter Matthews. Matthews will be retiring after nearly 13 years as the division’s director and 30 years in state government.
“Linda has been a proven leader for many years in the Division of Waste Management,” Skvarla said. “While I’m sorry to be losing such a skilled director and friend in Dexter, Linda brings with her the valuable experience and knowledge needed to lead one of our state’s most important environmental functions.”
The Division of Waste Management is responsible for regulating solid waste, hazardous waste, leaking underground storage tanks and Superfund sites in North Carolina. The division also oversees the state’s Brownfields program, which promotes the redevelopment of abandoned, idle or underused sites. The division is part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Culpepper brings with her more than 25 years of experience with the N.C. Division of Waste Management. She began her career in the division’s hazardous waste section as a permit writer, and rose through a variety of leadership positions in that section, overseeing the technical assistance unit and the programs branch. Prior to being named deputy director, she was the hazardous waste section’s facility management branch head.
Culpepper graduated from St. Andrews College with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and earned her master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.