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Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 402-960-0688OMAHA, Neb. — National Park Service (NPS) Region Director Bert Frost announced the selection of Ron Fields as superintendent of Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas. He currently serves as the permanent Integrated Natural and Cultural Resource Specialist at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico. He will assume his new role mid-September.
“Ron has a vast experience in archeology in North America and is dedicated to helping the American people find deeper meaning and connections with their national parks,” said Frost. “Ron’s commitment to teamwork and collaboration and his support for employees and partners will help make him an effective leader for Arkansas Post National Memorial.”
“I am honored to be selected as the superintendent of Arkansas Post National Memorial,” exclaimed Fields. “Arkansas Post exudes history, ethnography, archeology, which I am passionate about, and wildlife like no other national park in the Midwest. I am excited to join the park’s staff and work with them and the volunteers, partners, and local communities to protect this unique place while bringing enjoyment and understanding to all who visit or hear about it.
A 13-year veteran of the NPS, Fields has worked as a seasonal park ranger in interpretation at Mesa Verde National Park and at Petroglyph National Monument as an archeologist. He became a permanent employee through the student trainee (Pathways) program and serves as an example that through the Pathways program, with dedication, hard work, persistence, and managerial support, one can develop a successful career in the NPS.
Fields earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, New Mexico, where he also currently is completing his Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archeology. He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History.
Fields and his wife Elizabeth and daughter Laura will be moving to the area and are looking forward to spending their free time exploring the state’s numerous national and state parks.