The National Park Service announced it has selected Greg Dudgeon as the superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park starting in July.
Dudgeon currently serves as acting deputy regional director in Alaska where he oversees the management of 15 national parks, preserves, monuments and national historical parks, stated a news release.
“As a 30-year National Park Service veteran, Greg has extensive experience caring for historic and cultural resources in parks and managing them in balance with natural resource conservation and public use,” said Acting NPS Regional Director Cindy Orlando in the release. “Greg’s ability to work collaboratively with partners and communities to protect park resources make him a great fit for this position.”
Dudgeon started working with the NPS as a volunteer in 1983 with a whale biologist at Glacier Bay National Park. He later went on to be a seasonal biological technician, an interpretive ranger and then a commissioned ranger. Dudgeon was the chief ranger for the Bering Land National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley National Park and Noatak National Preserve.
He was the superintendent of Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments from 2001 to 2003 and later returned to Alaska as the superintendent of Sitka National Historical Park, stated the release.
He became the superintendent of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in 2007, where he served until he took on his current role of acting deputy regional director.
“I am grateful for the many remarkable places I’ve experienced and people I’ve worked with over the years because they have helped prepare me for this exceptional opportunity to join the accomplished, professional team at Mount Rainier National Park,” Dudgeon said in the release. “At Mount Rainier we have the opportunity and privilege to preserve a tapestry of natural, cultural and historic treasures that will inspire people tomorrow just as the park does today.”
Dudgeon was raised in northwest Ohio and southern California. He and his wife Susan and their two retired sled dogs plan to reside in one of Mount Rainier’s gateway communities.