Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Announces New Chief of Business Management

Dr. Daniel Filer
Dr. Daniel Filer, new Chief of Business Management

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News Release Date: December 18, 2015

Contact: Hollie Lynch, 301-491-0149

 Hagerstown, MD -- The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Filer has been selected as the park's Chief of Business Management effective December 27, 2015. The position is responsible for the day to day management of all administrative functions of the park, including administering the park's $9.2 million dollar annual appropriation, and management of park personnel and property. The Chief of Business Management serves an important role in ensuring the successful operation of the park, impacting the experience of more than 5 million annual park visitors. The diversity and complexity of responsibilities is evident in the unique characteristics of the C&O Canal's resources, which are supported through various funding sources and programmatic efforts.

"As the national parks approach their centennial in 2016 and plan for a second century of engagement with the American public, Daniel is ideally qualified to serve as the parks's Chief of Business Management," stated C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin D. Brandt. "Daniel brings nearly a decade of experience in budget management and leadership. His depth of knowledge in business management and organizational behavior is incredibly valuable to the park and he had demonstrated a creativity and passion for improving the park's transparency and efficiency in operations."

Over the course of his career working for the National Park Service, and volunteering in the local community, Daniel has developed a wide range of skills that make him an excellent candidate for the position. Rising through the ranks of the Division of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships Division in western Maryland, Daniel was selected as the park-wide Volunteer Coordinator in 2007. In that role, Daniel continued to grow the park's volunteer program, making it one of the largest in the system engaging nearly 4,000 volunteers in over two-dozen programs. In 2013, Daniel assumed the role of Partnerships Coordinator at the C&O Canal and became directly involved with the park's numerous formal and informal partners. In this capacity, Daniel worked cross-divisionally within the park on program development, budget management, and contributed to the revisions of the National Park Service's policies on philanthropies and partnerships. "The C&O Canal is a valuable piece of American heritage and an economic engine that impacts millions," stated Daniel. "I look forward to collaborating with park colleagues, volunteers, partners, and communities in making the C&O the best it can be."

Daniel is a native and resident of Frostburg, Maryland. In addition to working at the C&O Canal, Daniel serves as an adjunct professor for Frostburg State University in the History, Philosophy, and Management Departments. In his spare time, Daniel serves as the President of the Foundation for Frostburg, Inc. (, is a member of the City of Frostburg's Historical Commission, and is a board member of the Allegany County Historical Society. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from Frostburg State University, as well as a Master of Education and a Master of Business Administration degrees. His Doctor of Education degree is from West Virginia University. Daniel is a 2015 graduate of the National Park Service's GOAL Leadership Academy Program.

Last updated: January 5, 2016

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