Mark Zimmerman was appointed to serve as Director of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department by Governor John Hoeven in April 2010. Prior to the appointment, Zimmerman served 10 years as Outdoor Recreation Specialist for North Dakota Tourism and eight years as Constituent Services Director for Governor Ed Schafer. Mark is a native of Elgin, and graduated from Dickinson State College.
An avid outdoorsman, Mark enjoys camping, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. He is active in the Scouting program, as well as professional and community organizations.