Charles E. Fox of Troy sees his recent appointment to the Board of Pennsylvania Game Commissioners as a real opportunity.

According to the game commission, Fox fills the vacancy created when the term of former Game Commissioner Thomas Boop expired.

"I'm certainly happy about it," Fox said. "I've been involved with the game commission for a long time. I look at it as a great opportunity to look out for the resources of Pennsylvania and the sportsmen." He served many years as a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer.

Fox said he has been involved with many wildlife projects over the years.

"I think I have an understanding of the issues that pertain to wildlife," he said.

He has enjoyed taking part in hunter education. He said he likes working with younger people and introducing them to all the game in Pennsylvania.

Creating opportunities for people to experience the outdoors in Pennsylvania is a goal for him as a commissioner.

Besides hunting, this includes observing all kinds of wildlife and landscapes that the state has to offer.

Fox will attend four quarterly meetings of the commission in Harrisburg, and also four workshop meetings there. He will serve in an eight-year term.

He knew Boop, and hopes to continue his work. "I thought he did a good job as a commissioner," he said.

Fox said he will try to balance the interests of the people and the welfare of the state's wildlife resources.

In a news release, the game commission provided the following background on Fox:

"A graduate of Williamsport High School, Fox graduated from Lycoming College and received his Masters Degree from Mansfield University and Administrative certification from Bucknell University. He is retired from the Troy Area School District where he was a teacher and school administrator; retiring as the High School Assistant Principal. He also served many years as a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer.

"In addition to being a Life member of the National Rifle Association, Fox also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge and the co-coordinator for the NRA Youth Education Summit. He also served eight years as a mentor to the Governor's Youth Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

"Presently, Fox serves as President of Mill Cove, Inc., a group that is active in the development of an Environmental Education Center in Tioga County. Included in the Mill Cove Plan is further development of the site, which will offer outdoor recreational activities for Mansfield University students and residents from surrounding areas.

"Being a lifelong hunter and trapper, Fox is affiliated with a number of outdoor groups and sportsmen organizations.

"Fox and his wife Ursula reside in Troy. Their children are grown."

The game commission stated that Fox was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett as a resident of Region Five, which includes Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties. On Oct. 15, he was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Senate.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.