James Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced selection of a new chief for ODNR's Division of Geological Survey. Thomas J. Serenko, Ph.D. will begin serving in this position starting on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
In an email to stakeholders, Zehringer said Dr. Serenko has been a professional geologist for more than 25 years.
"He earned bachelor's degree in geology from Youngstown State, his Master's degree from the Colorado School of Mines, and his doctorate in geology from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.
He has experience working as a geologist in Chile, Switzerland and Tajikistan. Additionally, his work has been published in several major industry journals.
He has also worked as a mining and exploration manager at Southern Clay Products Inc. in Gonzales, Texas, and most recently, he worked as a resource manager at Nevada Cement Company in Fernley, Nevada. While working at Nevada Cement Company, he managed a 700,000 ton per year limestone quarry and a 50,000 ton per year clay crusher. His duties included overseeing all permitting and environmental compliance, safety, mine development, mine design and exploration."