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Ken Mabery will become the acting superintendent of Fort Stanwix National Monument on July 26th. Mabery has served as superintendent of Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site since January 2004.
Mabery managed Fort Necessity during construction of New Visitor Center, reconstruction of the fort storehouse, and restoration of the interior of the 1830's Mount Washington Tavern. He also worked with partner groups to develop regional tourism-promotion brochures themed on the French and Indian War and on the National Road.
“Ken has managed a number of important programs at Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill,” said regional director Mary Bomar, “and will use his skills to assure the best for park visitors and park resources.”
Mabery succeeds superintendent James Perry, who will become museum curator and Jamestowne site manager at Colonial National Historical Park. His wife, Karen, has accepted a human resources position at Colonial Williamsburg.
“James arrives at Colonial just ahead of the 400th anniversary of Jamestowne next year,” said Bomar, “and the park’s museum collection is an important part of the events marking the anniversary.”
Mabery is a second generation NPS employee who was born and raised in national parks in the western United States. He holds a bachelors degree in international relations and geology from Highlands University in New Mexico and has done graduate work at Oregon State University. He began his NPS career as a seasonal employee at Canyonlands National Park in 1974 and became a permanent employee in 1978 as an interpretive ranger at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Other assignments include Chaco Culture National Historical Park, where he became chief ranger, and chief ranger assignments at El Morro National Monument and El Malpais National Monument. In 1993, he completed the NPS management trainee program, including an assignment at Olympic National Park. This was followed by assignments as a ranger activities specialist in the Washington Office and Southwest Regional Office. He also served various acting superintendent assignments at Pecos National Historical Park, Fort Union National Monument, Capulin Volcano National Monument, and El Morro and El Malpais.