Ed Clark named as new Gettysburg battlefield superintendent

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Jan 2, 2014 11:41 AM

(Gettysburg) -- A new superintendent has been named to oversee the Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site in Adams County.

Ed W. Clark has served most recently as Superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park.

 "Ed’s deep understanding of park operations and tremendous partnership skills -- as well as deep connections to the Civil War community -- make him the ideal candidate to lead one of the most significant battlefields in the nation, if not the world ," says National Park Service (NPS) Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach.  “Ed’s network and skill-set will serve the park staff, community and visitors well."  

Clark will replace Bob Kirby in February.  Kirby announced in September that he was retiring after 40 years with the NPS.  He took over at Gettysburg in March, 2010, and steps down tomorrow.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the new Superintendent of Gettysburg and Eisenhower,” Clark said in a statement.  “These landscapes are some of the most iconic in our nation’s history.  I’m very proud to be joining the excellent staff and volunteers of these sites and look forward to continuing to work with the many exceptional partners, while becoming involved in the local community.”

While at Manassas, Clark managed the park through several challenging projects, including bringing the park's General Management Plan to conclusion. 

The native of Roanoke, Virginia, is currently enrolled in the Senior Executive Service’s Candidate Development Program, identifying him as one of the Service's most promising senior leaders.

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