Matt Hough became the agency's Executive Director after 33 years of service with the Game Commission, in January 2014.
Prior to this appointment, Hough served as the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Field Operations and was responsible for the day-to-day operational supervision of the agency’s six regions statewide, a role he took on in 2010.
Hough began his career with the Game Commission in 1981, as a Wildlife Conservation Officer trainee in the 18th Class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation. Upon graduation in 1982, he was assigned to serve as a Wildlife Conservation Officer in southwestern Westmoreland County. In 1986, Hough received a lateral transfer to his home area of northern Washington County.
In 1992, Hough was promoted to the Game Commission’s Southwest Region Office where he served for periods as Federal Aid Supervisor, Information and Education Supervisor, and Law Enforcement Supervisor prior to becoming Regional Director in 2003.
Hough graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Washington County, in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1980.
Prior to employment by the Game Commission, Hough was employed by the Bureau of State Parks as a ranger at Ohiopyle State Park.
Hough and his wife, Jodi, currently reside in Orrtanna, Adams County. They have four children: Nathan, Mackenzie, Whitney and Tanner.