Three named leaders within MVD/MRC

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 11, 2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division and Mississippi River Commission have announced new hires to three management positions.

Edward E. Belk Jr. has been named chief of the Civil Works Integration division, a position that also serves as deputy to the director of programs. Robert Fitzgerald is chief of the Business Technical division, and Charles Shadie is chief of the Watershed division.

Belk will lead programming and budgeting. Previously, he served as deputy for Project Management in the Corps’ Memphis District. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in engineering management from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, and is a graduate of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Va. Belk has completed two tours of Iraq. He and his wife have three children.

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Fitzgerald will lead engineering and construction functions. He served as chief of the Engineering and Construction division at the Corps’ Vicksburg District. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Fitzgerald began his career with the Corps in 1978. He and his wife have two children. 

Shadie will oversee work within the Watershed division and serve as the senior Water Control adviser and Water Control Community of Practice leader. Shadie began his career with the Corps in 1981. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology, a master’s from Purdue University in civil engineering, hydrology and hydraulic engineering and another master’s in water resources planning and management from the University of Florida. He and his wife have two children.