Southeast Regional Director David Vela announced the selection of John Slaughter as superintendent at Cowpens National Battlefield & Ninety Six National Historic Site, both in South Carolina. Slaughter will assume his new position as Superintendent at the two parks on June 19.
“We are very pleased to have John joining the Southeast Region,” Vela said. “He has a solid National Park Service background and brings tremendous knowledge and great enthusiasm. We are confident he will be a great leader for Cowpens and Ninety Six and an even greater asset to their communities.”
Slaughter, currently the Chief of Facilities Operations/Project Management at Joshua Tree National Park, has nearly 13 years of federal experience, including 10 years with the National Park Service (NPS). His NPS career began when he was selected as the first Facility Manager at Manzanar National Historic Site where he transferred from the Department of Defense. Prior to his federal service, Slaughter served as a chief engineer in the private sector after graduating from San Joaquin Valley College in Fresno, Calif.
“Having the opportunity to join in the leadership of Cowpens National Battlefield and Ninety Six National Historic Site is a great honor,” Slaughter said. “These two National Parks with exceptional employees and partners play a significant role in preserving and making relevant the history of a fledgling nation, especially that of our American Revolutionary War battles in the Southern states.”
During his time at Joshua Tree National Park Slaughter participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School Executive Potential Program. He performed temporary assignments as acting superintendent at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and as a budget analyst in the NPS Washington Office’s Budget Formulation Office. As a certified trainer for the Crucial Conversations program he has had the opportunity to share vital communication skills with more than 250 employees in the Pacific West Region while working with the Center for Park Management.
Slaughter has participated on a number of interdisciplinary management teams in the NPS including serving a short term as a field technical representative on the Scorecard Advisory Group. He has also served as an operational review team member in the Pacific West Region. In 2005 he was awarded the Maintenance Supervisor of the Year Award from the Pacific West Region. In 2008 he received the region’s Maintenance Employee of the Year Award for Sustainability for his leadership in promoting alternative energy solutions.
“I look forward to becoming a member of the local communities and actively engaging the partners and stakeholders in the successes to come. My family and I are very excited to be relocating to this area in the Southeast Region so rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty.”
Slaughter’s wife, Shannon, and their four softball-playing daughters, will travel east with him. They plan to visit as many NPS units as they can during the trip. Oldest daughter, Liz, will head back to the west coast to play Division 1 college softball on a scholarship at St. Mary's College in August. Oldest son, Jordan, is staying in the Palm Springs area to continue working for a renewable energy generation company. Youngest son, Cody, is planning to go into the military after high school graduation in June. Shannon hopes to put her master’s degree in Education and Curriculum Development to work with a teaching or education specialist position.