Commission Welcomes Erik Wilkerson as Executive Director

  • August 02 2021

HELENA, Montana — The Montana Public Service Commission has hired Erik Wilkerson, the former school superintendent in Townsend, Montana, as executive director of the Department of Public Service Regulation.

With more than 25 years of experience in school administration, Wilkerson brings an extensive background in human resources, fiscal management, and strategic planning.

"In my experience, being a leader means wearing several different hats," said Wilkerson. "Good leaders are dynamic, leading by example and taking on any role necessary to keep things moving in the right direction. It’s also important to provide opportunities for professional development and growth for the people on your team. As the Department’s executive director, I look forward to working with the Commission and leading its staff to protect and promote the public interest."

The executive director is a new, appointed position created by the Commission to plan, coordinate, and manage the day-to-day operations of the Department. The executive director will also lead the agency’s communications and public relations work.

Wilkerson was born and raised in Montana, where he earned an education degree from the University of Montana–Western and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Montana. Over the last three decades, he has worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in schools across Montana, including Victor, Philipsburg, Red Lodge, Deer Lodge, and the Shields Valley School District. As superintendent of Townsend School District #1, Wilkerson was responsible for more than 650 students and 100 staff.

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