Richard A. Hyde, P.E., Named as TCEQ Executive Director
The TCEQ Commissioners voted unanimously today to appoint Richard A. Hyde, P.E., executive director for the agency effective immediately. He succeeds Zak Covar, who was appointed as a commissioner of the TCEQ Friday, January 10.
Hyde has served as deputy executive director since 2012. He also served as deputy director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, the Office of Permitting and Registration, and was director of the Air Permits Division for five years. Hyde joined the TCEQ in 1992 and worked as a permit engineer, team leader, and manager in the Air Permits Division.
“It gives me great pleasure to appoint someone as accomplished and experienced as Richard Hyde,” said TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., P.E. “Richard has a deep understanding of the agency, as well as an appreciation for our hard-working staff.”
“I hold Richard in high esteem, and I know he has the respect and trust of TCEQ’s employees,” said Commissioner Toby Baker. “He has a track record of excellence in a variety of positions that will serve the agency and the State well.”
“I have observed first-hand the integrity and commitment that Richard brings to the job every day,” said Commissioner Zak Covar. “I could not ask for a more qualified replacement, and I am confident he will continue to provide stability and consistency to the agency.”
“I am honored and humbled by the confidence shown in me by the commissioners,” said Hyde. “It is a great opportunity to continue to serve the people of the State of Texas, and I will do my best every day to carry out the agency’s mission.”
Hyde is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University and Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Texas State University. In 2013, Hyde was recognized by Texas A&M and inducted into the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Graduates.