Mississippi native elected to Ducks Unlimited national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 20, 2013 – Wendell Weakley, of Oxford, Miss., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

"The leadership of our board of directors ensures we are fulfilling our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Our board members are not paid for their work; rather they volunteer their time and resources because they feel so strongly about conservation. I welcome each new member and look forward to working with them in the years to come."

Wendell Weakley brings to DU a strong financial background, having retired as a partner with the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers and currently serving as president and CEO of the University of Mississippi Foundation. Weakley was brought into a more active role with DU by Bob Hester, DU's treasurer, who asked Weakley to be a part of DU's new audit committee. He was appointed to the finance committee as assistant treasurer and now serves on the investment committee.

"I am involved in DU because of the conservation effort that will help maintain waterfowl populations for our children and our children's children, especially now that I have sons-in-law and a daughter who are passionate about waterfowl," Weakley said. "I see my role in DU as helping with the organization's financial stability. I would love to see DU's endowment grow, which will help it become more self-sustaining."

For a complete list of DU's volunteer board of directors, please visit www.ducks.org.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at www.youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

Becky Jones Mahlum