Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
Brad Loveless was appointed Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism by Governor Laura Kelly in January 2019. He came to the department after a 34-year career with Westar Energy, beginning at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation where he held environmental management positions. Most recently, Secretary Loveless served as Westar’s senior director of environmental conservation and sustainability. He developed Westar’s Green Team, a group of current employees and retirees who volunteer to work on conservation, access and habitat projects, as well as outdoor and nature education programs.
An Ohio native, Secretary Loveless earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Ohio State University. He then came to Kansas to attend Kansas University where he obtained his Master of Science in Biology. Kansas also introduced him to his wonderful wife Mindy, and together, they’ve raised three boys.
Throughout his career, Secretary Loveless has lead by example – through collaboration and discussion – developing a reputation among Kansans and KDWPT staff as a thoughtful leader in conservation and environmental programs.
Secretary Loveless serves as a true champion of Kansas’ natural resources and outdoor recreation, and he understands the value of tourism and its impact on our economy and, even more importantly, on our quality of life.
An avid hunter, angler and beekeeper, Secretary Loveless also enjoys spending time on church initiatives, gardening, volunteering for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and conservation-based projects.