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Office of the Director


Dwayne Patterson


Dwayne Patterson, Director

The Division of Parks and Recreation's Office of the Director, located in Raleigh, oversees the agency's statewide activities to ensure fulfillment of its mission of conservation, education, and recreation.

The division is organized into the director's office and staff, and the three sections it supervises: administration, operations, and planning and natural resources. The director also coordinates activities of the Recreation Resources Service and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority.

Patterson was appointed in June 2018 to lead the division, having previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. He served in a temporary assignment with the N.C. Pandemic Recovery Office before returning to DPR in February 2021.