Bill Bryan is a third-generation Missourian – born, bred and educated in the Show-Me State. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a B.A. degree in Communications Studies, Bill completed his law degree there in 1990.
In September 2009, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Bill to serve as deputy director of the Department of Natural Resources and director of the Division of State Parks. As head of Missouri State Parks, Bill is the chief steward of Missouri's park system, which includes 85 state parks and historic sites across the state. The system includes outstanding natural landscapes such as forests and prairies plus reminders of yesterday such as covered bridges and gristmills. These settings provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy outdoors activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming and touring caves.
Bill's career began after graduation from law school, when he was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. During his 18-year career at the Attorney General's Office, Bill obtained broad experience, working in all but 2 divisions. He was recognized nationally and internationally for his work encouraging the implementation of next-generation technology in animal agriculture. He litigated complex cases around the country as the state's lead counsel in the Missouri River fight. To cap off his legal career, Bill was lead counsel in the Taum Sauk disaster litigation that resulted in a $180 million settlement for the people of Missouri and helped rebuild Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.
As director of Missouri State Parks, Bill was instrumental in the development and implementation of the State Parks Youth Corps. First launched in 2010, this innovative program provided jobs for more than 1,000 young people between 17-24 years of age. As the young people enhanced state parks and historic sites throughout Missouri, they gained valuable work experience, learned new skills and discovered possible careers in natural resources. The program was so successful that it was continued in 2011 and 2012.