National Park Service Press Release

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2002
David Barna, 202 208-6843
Edie Shean-Hammond, 215 597-7989

Constantine J. Dillon Selected as Superintendent of Horace Albright Training Center at the Grand Canyon

(Washington, D.C.) --- National Park Service (NPS) Director Fran Mainella today announced the selection of Constantine (Costa) J. Dillon as the superintendent of the National Park Service’s Albright Training Center located in Grand Canyon National Park (AZ). Costa was selected for this prestigious position from among several other applicants.

“I am very happy to announce that Costa Dillon has accepted the superintendency of one of the service’s most important training centers. Costa has proven himself to be a creative and effective manager and will provide outstanding leadership for the Albright Training facility,” said Mainella. “His long record of dedication to the NPS makes him an excellent selection for this new responsibility.”

As superintendent of the Albright Training Center, Dillon will be responsible for managing a center that provides training and development for all new NPS employees; Maintenance; Supervision, Management, & Leadership; and Natural Resources Stewardship. “I am looking forward to taking on the responsibilities of superintendent of the National Park Service’s training center at the Grand Canyon. It is an honor to carry on the tradition of this center and its role in developing the National Park Service’s professional workforce.” Constantine J. Dillon comes to the Albright Training Center from Fire Island National Seashore (NY) where he has served as superintendent since 1997. His more than five years there have been very successful and have seen the expansion of partnerships, a 50% increase in visitation, the development of a professional workforce, and improvements in visitor facilities. During his tenure substantial improvements to the resource management program have resulted in unprecedented success in piping plover recovery, management of the nation’s only immuno-contraception program for deer management, and a nation-leading program in mosquito monitoring to protect public health.

While at Fire Island Dillon received a number of awards including the Department of the Interior Superior Service Award (May 2002), Secretary of the Interior’s Award for Long-Term Achievement in Diversity (2000), the Regional Director’s Safety Award (1999), and the National Park Conservation Association’s Stephen T. Mather Award for Resource Stewardship (1999). Under his leadership the park received the Secretary of the Interior’s Unit Award for Excellence of Service in 2002 and recognition for the Seashore’s September 11 response and assistance to New York City.

Costa is a 23-year veteran of the NPS, having served in a variety of other areas in the system. He began his career at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he served as an interpretive park ranger. He eventually went on to Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM), Gettysburg National Military Park (PA) and Eisenhower National Historic Site (PA), Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (AZ), and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (CA). His first superintendency was at Homestead National Monument of America (NE) where he served from 1993-1997. In 1997 he became superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore.

Mr. Dillon is a native of Groton, Connecticut. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Park Planning and Management from the University of California at Davis. He is married and has one daughter, age 7.



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