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Obama chooses ex-mayor as regional EPA administrator



GREENVILLE — President Barack Obama has selected Heather McTeer Toney as administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta.

McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as mayor of Greenville, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the executive director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the principal attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC. McTeer Toney’s private-sector success is complemented by considerable experience in local and state politics. She began her career working as a member of McTeer and Associates Law Firm. Later she served as the president of the National Conference of Black Mayors and in 2009, was nominated by former EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson to serve as the chairwoman of the Local Government Advisory Committee.

McTeer Toney, who is active in her community and an advocate for education, women’s issues, health and wellness, is married to Dexter Toney and they have two children.


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