September 15, 2007
Contact: David Barna
, (202) 208-6843
Contact: Joanne Blacoe
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Washington, DC – NPS Director Mary Bomar today announced the selection of Independence National Historical Park (INHP Superintendent Dennis R. Reidenbach as the new Regional Director for the Northeast Region which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He succeeds Bomar, who was sworn-in as NPS Director in October 2006.
As Northeast Regional Director, Reidenbach will oversea an area that covers 13 states and serves over 55 million park visitors each year. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ohio River and from Maine to Virginia, the Northeast Region is home to a third of all NPS museum collections, a quarter of all historic structures, almost half of the country’s National Historic Landmarks and more than half of the National Heritage Areas.
“Dennis Reidenbach has proven himself as an effective leader, and I am excited to announce that I have selected him to take the reins as the Northeast Regional Director,” said Director Bomar.”
“Dennis has a wealth of experience and is highly respected not only in the Northeast Region, but throughout the NPS. He focuses on getting the job done and his willingness and ability to look at issues through new perspectives in the regional office will be an asset. I know that the Northeast Region will be managed successfully and with a high level of innovation.”
Reidenbach has been with the National Park Service since 1983. He was appointed Superintendent of INHP in November 2005, after serving 12 years as Deputy Superintendent. As Deputy Superintendent, he supervised all day-to-day operations of the park. During this time, he had the lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the $300 million Independence Mall Redevelopment Plan that resulted in new facilities and park partnerships that still work to strengthen the many offerings available to visitors at INHP.
Reidenbach joined INHP as Administrative Officer in January 1988, transferring from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office where he had served as the Regional Chief Contracting and Property Management for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Park Service since December 1983. Prior to that, he held a number of Contract Specialist positions since he joined the federal government in 1976, first with the Department of Defense then with the General Services Administration.
“I have been fortunate to work with some tremendous people both within and outside of the park service during my tenure at Independence,” Reidenbach said. “I look forward to the opportunity to build even stronger relationships throughout the Northeast Region."
Reidenbach is a native of Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Grove City College. He lives in Glenside, PA with his wife Kristine, and they have two adult sons.