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Max EthridgeMax Ethridge
Regional Director, Southwest, USGS


Dr. Ethridge currently serves as the Regional Director for the USGS Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah), based in Denver, Colorado.

Career History and Highlights

Dr. Ethridge has been with the USGS since 1990, and has held several positions at USGS headquarters and in the field. Some of these include: Regional Executive for the South Central Area, (2009-12), Regional Executive for the North Central Area (2007-2009), Acting Central Region Director (2010), Central Region Geographer (2000-2007), Acting Director of the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, Acting Director of the EROS Data Center, Chief of the Mid-Continent Mapping Center (1995-2000), Acting Senior Program Advisor for the Mapping Data, Collection, and Integration Program (1999), Acting Chief, Office of USGS Program Operations (1993-95), Staff Assistant to the Director, USGS (1993), and Chief, Office of Strategic Analysis in USGS' National Mapping Division (1990-92). Prior to joining USGS, Max served as a Commissioned Officer in NOAA Corps, where he attained the rank of Captain (0-6), and served in various assignments including Chief of the National Geodetic Survey, and Executive Officer of the NOAA Ship WHITING.


Dr. Ethridge holds a PhD in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Purdue University, a MS in civil engineering (surveying and mapping) also from Purdue, a master of public administration degree from Golden Gate University, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Missouri¬?Rolla. He is also a graduate of the DOI SES Candidate Development Program.


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