Bob Dodson Named Superintendent
Contact: Bill Martin, 843-883-3123 x 41
(Sullivan’s Island, SC) The National Park Service today announced that Bob Dodson has been selected as the new superintendent of FortSumterNational Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. According to Southeast Regional Director Pat Hooks, Dodson will assume his new responsibilities on May 28, 2006.
“Bob brings a wealth of experience in park operations and management to his new assignment. He has been a successful park manager for the past 14 years and has a long track record of community involvement, establishing park partners and working with elected officials,” said Regional Director Hooks.
Dodson, a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) began his career as a seasonal park technician at Ford’s Theater National Historic Site in Washington, DC. He has worked in a number of park units throughout the NPS including the National Mall in Washington, DC, Death Valley National Park in California, OldPostOfficeTower in Washington, DC, Valley ForgeNationalHistoricalPark in Pennsylvania, and NatchezNationalHistoricalPark in Mississippi. Most recently, he was the Deputy Superintendent at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico. Dodson has a wealth of experience in all aspects of park operations including Facility Management, Interpretation, Visitor Services, Cultural and Natural Resources, and Visitor Protection.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the staff, concession operators, and partners of FortSumterNational Monument and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site,” Dodson said. “My experience working at parks with complex cultural resources preservation programs has given me a special appreciation for the history they embody and the need to preserve these resources for future generations. Each of these important resources stand as reminders of pivotal decisions people made long ago that shaped the lives we live today.”
Dodson’s wife, Betsy, is an employee of the National Park Service with the Facility Management Division in Washington, DC. Their son, Aaron, is 14 years old.
Did You Know?
The first human death of the Civil War occurred on April 14, 1861, the day after the battle of Fort Sumter ended. Private Daniel Hough died when the cannon he was loading (for the Union's 100-gun salute to the U.S. flag) discharged prematurely. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC