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Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. The National Park Service announces that Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Bob Vogel has been selected as the Deputy Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Vogel will officially begin at Grand Teton on April 29, 2007.
“I sincerely value the work and experiences that I have had as Superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore since 2002 and especially the many very personal friendships that I have developed over these years,” stated Vogel. “While it will certainly be bittersweet to leave this area for a new assignment, I know that these friendships will stay with me.”
During Bob Vogel’s tenure as Superintendent, the seashore has seen many issues, challenges and improvements. Early on, Hurricane Isabel left the seashore with serious damage, after which virtually the entire park infrastructure had to be repaired or replaced. Most recently the seashore completed installation of new exhibits, a new bookstore and a new feature film at the Harkers Island Visitor Center and at the Cape near the lighthouse: a new visitor center and store, restroom facilities, pavilion, boardwalks and a newly renovated Keepers’ Quarters Museum with new exhibits. And more projects are in the works, but likely the most notable accomplishment for Vogel has been his ability to bring the community and the seashore together as partners in addressing complex and often controversial issues.
The new position as Deputy Superintendent of Grand TetonNational Park will be promotion for Mr. Vogel. In the new position, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a high-visibility national park of some 300 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million.
For local reaction from park partners please contact:
- Carolyn Mason, President, Foundation for Shackleford Horses, (252) 728-6308
- Karen Amspacher, Executive Director, Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, (252) 728-1500 or (252) 723-0982
- Dave Inscoe, Board Member, Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore, (252) 222-6122
- Ed Burgess, President, Friends of Portsmouth Island, (336) 222-9512