Gulf Islands Announces New Deputy Superintendent

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News Release Date: August 8, 2012
Contact: Dan Brown, 850-934-2604

Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces New Deputy Superintendent

Steven McCoy, recently superintendent at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery in Tennessee, was selected to serve as the deputy superintendent for Gulf Islands National Seashore, headquartered in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He assumed this new assignment on June 18th, replacing Nina Kelson, who retired from Federal service on June 1, 2012.

"The breadth of Steve's experience, especially his successes in building internal and external partnerships as well as his ability to gain consensus on management issues for the parks he has served, make him an ideal choice to assist in the development of the future of Gulf Islands," said Superintendent Daniel R. Brown.

McCoy began his NPS career in 1981 serving as a park technician at Stones River National Battlefield and has worked at ten other parks from Alaska to the Everglades, including a previous tour at Gulf Islands National Seashore. He has worked in all disciplines of park operations, ranging from resource management and science, visitor and resource protection, resource education and visitor services, administration and management to campground operations and firefighting. He became superintendent at Fort Donelson in 2004.

McCoy completed a detail as superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore in 2008 and served on multiple work groups and teams both at the national and regional levels.

While at Fort Donelson, McCoy focused on battlefield preservation and boundary expansion, doubling the size of the park. He replaced educational interpretive media throughout the park, added exhibits for newly acquired lands, the visitor center and multiple historic structures, and expanding community outreach and education programs. Multiple planning efforts were conducted and vision documents were created to guide management of the park through the Civil War Sesquicentennial and into the future.

"What an exciting opportunity to be involved in the management of Gulf Islands National Seashore," said McCoy. "I am thrilled to be returning to the Gulf Coast. I look forward to working with park staff and partners to craft and implement the park's vision."

An Oak Ridge, Tennessee, native, McCoy earned his bachelors of science degree in agribusiness and biology from Middle Tennessee State University.Steve's wife, Kelly, received her degree from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, and teaches high school English and Spanish. They have two children, Drew, 17, and Terra, 12, and in their spare time, the McCoys enjoy travel, camping, watersports, and their compliment of pets.

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