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National Park Service News Release
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2021
Matthew Carroll Selected as Superintendent of Southeast Arizona Group of Parks
DENVER — National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Mike Reynolds announced the selection of Matthew (Matt) Carroll as superintendent of the Southeast Arizona Group of national parks which includes Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Carroll had been the acting superintendent of the parks since April 2021 and assumed his new position on August 29, 2021.
“We are looking forward to having Matt join the Southeast Arizona group of parks in a permanent capacity,” said Reynolds. “He has shown creative leadership and support during his acting assignment and he is well equipped to serve our visitors and local communities and care for the unique resources at Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.”
"My family and I are very excited to return to the Western United States and join the team at the Southeast Arizona Group,” said Carroll. “As acting superintendent, I have been fortunate to experience the significant natural, cultural and historic features of each park first-hand and work with passionate staff and volunteers. I look forward to sharing that passion with our visitors and cultivating new relationships with those connected to these landscapes.”
Carroll joined the National Park Service in June 2015 as the superintendent of Greenbelt Park and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Carroll has also served as acting superintendent at Steamtown National Historic Site, and advised the NPS National Capital Area Workplace Advisory Group. Carroll’s appointment as superintendent reflects a lifelong devotion to the outdoors. He has previously served in a number of federal and state land management agencies as a volunteer, trainer and Leave-No-Trace Master Educator.
Prior to his arrival at the National Park Service, Carroll was a director in the Department of Energy’s Office of Science where he supported ten national labs across the United States. This followed a distinguished 25-year career in the United States Air Force focused on budget, policy, safety and operations. Carroll retired at the rank of colonel in 2014.
Carroll enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years Kristien, his son James and their two beagles Lulu and Oddball. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys history, music, hiking and cheering for Arizona Wildcat sports.
For more information about the parks in the Southeast Arizona Group, visit nps.gov/chir, nps.gov/coro, and nps.gov/fobo.
Last updated: September 23, 2021