Governor Eric Holcomb has promoted Dan Bortner to director of the Department of Natural Resources. He has served as director of Indiana State Parks since 2005 and is currently the third longest serving state parks director in the nation.
Bortner increased public lands across the state park system, including the Trine State Recreation Area in Steuben County and the state’s only underwater nature preserve in Lake Michigan. Additionally, he oversaw the purchase of the Fort Harrison State Park Inn in Indianapolis.
He earned a degree in public affairs from Indiana University. He serves as the president of the National Association of State Park Directors.