ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Two local organizations with strong interest in Acadia’s next superintendent say that they are very pleased with both the process undertaken by the National Park Service and the result of the search announced today, with the appointment of Kevin Schneider, who will take the helm at Acadia in late January 2016.
Representatives from Friends of Acadia and Schoodic Institute were both invited by National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Michael Caldwell to participate in the interviews with finalists for Acadia’s top post last month.
“The opportunity to serve as Acadia’s next superintendent attracted outstanding applicants, but Kevin stood out,” said Mark Berry, president of Schoodic Institute. “I am confident that park staff, partners and community members will enjoy meeting and working with him, and his experience with partnerships will be a great asset as Acadia enters its second century.”
Friends of Acadia’s president, David MacDonald, added that being involved with the interviews deepened his understanding of the role of superintendent and the great interest in the Acadia post from throughout the Park Service. “Mark and I are grateful to Regional Director Caldwell for inviting us to have a seat at the table and for selecting Kevin Schneider to lead Acadia. All of us at FOA look forward to his arrival early in the new year.”
Berry and MacDonald noted that candidates, many already working in other spectacular parks, were drawn to Acadia for its unique attributes, its strong professional staff, its partnerships, and its connections to local communities.
They believe that Schneider’s career, which has included organizing press conferences at Acadia while a writer in the national headquarters office of the Park Service and led up to leadership at Grand Teton National Park as deputy superintendent will provide him with valuable insights and perspectives that should serve Acadia well.
About Friends of Acadia: Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.
About Schoodic Institute: Schoodic Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to guiding present and future generations to greater understanding and appreciation for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
CONTACT: Mark Berry, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park mberry@SchoodicInstitute.org (207) 288-1349
David MacDonald, President and CEO, Friends of Acadia, firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 288-3340