WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has named Cameron (Cam) Sholly as the Midwest Region director. As regional director, Sholly will oversee approximately 60 national park units in 13 states of the Midwest and a workforce of over 2,000 employees. The region headquarters is in Omaha.
“Cam has the right blend of experience to take the helm of the Midwest Region,” Jarvis said. “He is a proven leader and collaborator, with a demonstrated performance record in managing large operations and partnering at all levels.”
Sholly has served as the associate director for the National Park Service’s Visitor and Resource Protection Directorate since 2012, overseeing a national portfolio that includes 30 program areas, 850 employees, and a budget exceeding $200 million. During his tenure, he has focused largely on improving the NPS safety program, interagency wilderness partnerships, and the quality and consistency of NPS law enforcement training. His team also completed a wide range of national policies, reduced the NPS regulations backlog, and began a major realignment of the NPS wildland fire workforce to ensure better fiscal and operational effectiveness.
From 2009 to 2012, Sholly was the superintendent of the Natchez Trace Parkway, where he managed the eighth most-visited NPS unit in the country. As superintendent, he oversaw multiple partnership projects including a major rehabilitation of the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site. He worked closely with Choctaw and Chickasaw nations on a variety of partnerships including completion of one of the largest Native American repatriations in the country. He also helped energize new economic, tourism, and conservation partnerships with the city of Nashville, and many other state and local partners along the three-state, 444-mile corridor. Sholly was named superintendent of the year for the Southeast Region in 2011.
From 2005 to 2009, Sholly was the deputy associate director for visitor and resource protection in Washington D.C. From 2002 to 2005, he was the chief of ranger operations in Yosemite National Park. In 2008, he served on detail as special assistant to the NPS director responsible for a major projects portfolio that included assisting with a new national monument designation and multiple other project areas.
“It’s a privilege to be appointed to this position,” Sholly said. “The Midwest Region has incredible people, parks, and partners. I look forward to working closely with the Midwest team as we move forward, together, toward the NPS centennial and beyond.”
Sholly is a U.S. Army veteran and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm. He is also a six-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol.
Sholly received his master’s degree from Duke University in environmental management with concentrations in economics and law and policy. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California in management. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program and the FBI National Academy.
Sholly has been married for the past 19 years to Jill Sholly. They will relocate to Omaha in the spring of 2015.