Grover Fugate graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1976, with a degree in Natural Resource Management. After graduation, he worked as and urban forester for a private company in Connecticut.
In 1978, Grover moved to Canada and went to work in a series of positions including Forester, Land Use Planner, with the Department of Agriculture, Regional Resource Planner, with the Crown Lands Branch, and Director of Shore Zone Management. In 1984, Mr. Fugate completed his MBA from Memorial with a program specialization in resource policy analysis.
In 1986, Grover transferred to Rhode Island to assume the duties of the Executive Director of the Coastal Resources Management Council. The council is an independent state agency, set up to be the principle planning and management agency for the state’s coastal areas. His current duties include, the day to day administration of the Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Program for the State of Rhode Island.
As part of his duties Grover is the council’s and states representative to a number of boards, commissions, task forces, and other coastal related organizations. He also is a guest lecture at the University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University and a trainer at the Coastal Resources Center for Integrated Coastal Management. Grover is the recipient of several citations from the Governor and the Legislature for his work in Coastal Management and Community Service. He has published articles on various issues in coastal and natural resource management.