Deputy Director for Land, Water and ConservationKen Rentiers
Ken Rentiers is DNR Deputy Director for Land, Water and Conservation and heads the Land, Water and Conservation Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. In this position Ken oversees, develops and implements policies and programs that study, manage and conserve the state’s land and water resources.
Prior to joining the DNR, Ken was the State Executive Director for the USDA's Farm Service Agency and Confidential Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-2009. From 1990 through 2001, Ken served on the United States Senate staff of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond in several capacities including Legislative Assistant, Director of Constituent Services, and Counsel to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Ken is also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1981-1987. He retired from Federal service in January 2009.
Ken holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Ken is married to the former Ann Everett of Augusta, Georgia. They have one son, Jack, and live in Columbia.