State Archaeologist Dr. David Colin Crass is the new Director of the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the DNR announced on 27 January 2010. Dr. Crass came to Georgia HPD twelve years ago and is a member of the SGA. Dr. Crass succeeds Dr. Ray Luce, who served as Director for ten years, and retired in 2009.
Dr. Crass received his PhD in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, an MA in anthropology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and a BA Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in anthropology from Wake Forest University. Dr. Crass also serves with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The DNR press release notes:
During the early years of his career with HPD, Crass established a statewide archaeology education and protection program that emphasized partnerships with local citizens, municipalities, and universities as well as integration of archaeology and historic preservation efforts. As Deputy Director, he spearheaded efforts to make HPD’s business functions more efficient. Crass also established a strong working relationship with the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns, which works with agencies and individuals to ensure protection and interpretation of American Indian cultural sites.
The SGA looks forward to working with Dr. Crass on goals of preservation, outreach, and education common to both the DNR and the SGA.