|For Immediate Release:
||March 08, 2007|
|Contact(s):||David Barna, 202-208-6843, 202.208.6843
Elaine Sevy, 202.208.6843
|Daniel N. Wenk Appointed |
National Park Service Deputy Director
WASHINGTON, D.C.— National Park Service (NPS) Director Mary Bomar today named Daniel N. Wenk as the agency’s deputy director for operations.
The 31-year NPS career veteran replaces Stephen P. Martin, who now serves as Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park. As deputy director, Wenk has an integral role in managing the National Park Service. The agency has an annual budget of $2.3 billion, 20,000 employees and the National Park System, which includes 390 national park sites covering more than 84 million acres.
Wenk also oversees partnership programs such as the National Register of Historic Places and National Trails System, designed to help extend the benefits of natural and cultural resources conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
“The National Park Service has long had a tradition of promoting from within talented and qualified professionals,” said Bomar, “It gives me great pleasure to continue this tradition and appoint Dan Wenk as deputy director for operations.
“Throughout his many years with the Service, Dan has repeatedly demonstrated remarkable managerial skills and innovative leadership,” Bomar said. “These traits and his dedication to preserving our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, make him the perfect choice for this position.”
“I am excited to become part of Director Bomar’s management team as we prepare for the National Park Service Centennial,” said Wenk, “and I look forward to working with the 20,000 men and women of the National Park Service to care for the special places in our nation.”
Wenk, 54, has been director of the NPS Denver Service Center since December 2001. There he oversaw the agency’s centralized planning, design, and construction services, and provided parks and regional offices with services including contracting and project management.
Wenk was superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 1985 to 2001. As superintendent, he oversaw development of natural and cultural resource management programs to ensure the long-term preservation of the sculpture and the natural area of the surrounding forest. His leadership was integral in the design, development and completion of a $60 million public/private partnership that raised $30 million in private donations and in negotiating two innovative concession contracts for the construction of facilities valued at $30 million. Wenk began his National Park Service career in 1975 as a landscape architect at the Denver Service Center and was a management assistant at Yellowstone National Park from 1979 to 1984.
During his career, Wenk has received several awards and honors for his supervisory and management accomplishments, including the Meritorious Service Award, the second highest honor awarded by the Department of the Interior.
Wenk earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Barbara. They have 3 grown children.
Editor's Note: Photo available on request.
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