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BLM names new state director

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has promoted one of its administrators to state director for New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

Tom Spisak is a 34-year career BLM employee who previously served as deputy assistant director for energy, minerals and realty management.

In his new position, he will oversee more than 630 BLM employees, 13.5 million acres of public lands and 42 million acres of federal oil, natural gas and minerals.

Spisak replaces Aden Seidlitz, who led the state office in an acting capacity for more than a year. Seidlitz has returned to his role as associate state director.

Spisak has a bachelor of science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master of business administration degree from West Texas A&M University.

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