Walter Cruickshank

Deputy Director, Minerals Management Service, US Department of the Interior


Effective April 8, 2002, Walter D. Cruickshank, Ph.D., was designated Deputy Director of the Minerals Management Service.

As Deputy Director, Cruickshank assists the MMS Director in the administration of programs that ensure the effective management of mineral resources located on the nation’s outer continental shelf — including the environmentally safe exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas — and the collection and distribution of revenues for minerals developed on federal and Indian lands.

Cruickshank previously served as Associate Director for Policy and Management Improvement for MMS since 1997. In that capacity, he supervised strategic planning, the administrative appeals process, management reforms, and conducted various policy and program analyses. He was also responsible for the royalty-in-kind pilots at MMS and, most recently, was actively involved in the development and implementation of the President’s National Energy Policy within Interior.

In November 2002, Cruickshank received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive.

Cruickshank received a Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences from Cornell University and a Doctorate in Mineral Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.