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Director, NC Division of Parks and Recreation

Dwayne Patterson

Dwayne Patterson, was appointed in June 2018 to lead the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, having formerly served as the chief financial officer for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Prior to joining DNCR, he was executive director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. He understands the important role parks and trails play in improving health and quality of life and will work to expand access to parks throughout North Carolina, especially among children.

Other significant positions held by Patterson include chief deputy secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chief financial officer for the Warren and Durham county public school systems, and director of operations for the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. He was raised in Kinston and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from N.C. State University.

Dwayne Patterson

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