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ATLANTA -- The National Park Service (NPS) announces that Russel J. (Russ) Wilson has been selected as Superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island, N.C. Wilson comes to Cape Lookout from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California where he served for the last four years as Deputy Superintendent. According to Acting Southeast Regional Director Art Frederick, Wilson will assume his new responsibilities on November 9, 2007.
"Russ brings tremendous experience in park management and park operations to his new assignment, Frederick said. "He has been a successful park manager for 10 years and has an impressive track record of community involvement, working with park partners, elected officials, and other stakeholders. We are thrilled to have him as a member of the cadre of superintendents in the Southeast Region."
Wilson’s career with the NPS spans 30 years and includes numerous assignments. He accepted his first NPS position at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland following graduation from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Park Management. He worked at Cape Cod National Seashore as a horse patrol ranger and numerous parks as a boat patrol ranger.
Wilson earned a Law Degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1984. He served five and a half years as an Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts before returning to the NPS in 1992 when he accepted a position with the Alaska Regional Office's Ranger Activities Division in Anchorage. He later served as Acting Superintendent of the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam and the American Memorial Park in Saipan during 1998-1999. From 1999-2000 he was Acting Deputy Superintendent of Denali. He also was Superintendent of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey from 2002-2004.
“My first visit to Carteret County was in 1989 to visit my brother who was a Navy doctor serving as a flight surgeon at Cherry Point,” Wilson said. “He lived in Morehead City and just loved the area and the people; he still speaks fondly of his time there. It was a memorable visit that left me hoping to return and I’m looking forward to learning more about the history and culture of the county’s communities.”
Off duty, Wilson volunteers as an attorney-coach on the Woodlake High School mock trial team and as a sound technician for the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club concert series; he also enjoys sailing and fishing.