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Laura Rotegard, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the new Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Rotegard, currently the Superintendent of Albright Training Center in the Grand Canyon, begins her new assignment May 17, 2015.
“We are proud to have Laura as the next superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore,” stated Midwest Regional Director Cameron Sholly. “Her ability to achieve positive results and her proven dedication to the National Park Service will be a tremendous asset to the visitors, communities and the park staff.” Sholly added, “Laura is respected throughout the agency for her work in resource protection and as an inclusive leader who has fostered productive partnerships with state parks, federal agencies, communities, schools and businesses.”
Rotegard said, “ I look forward to sustaining a collaborative management approach at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that creates meaningful connections for our visitors while honoring this fascinating region of the Great Lakes. I am privileged to join the park staff, incredible park neighbors, partners and the gateway communities of northwest Michigan in preserving this special place.”
Rotegard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and completed the USDA, Executive Leadership Program. She began her NPS career at Grand Teton National Park as a maintenance seasonal employee overseeing contractual work funded by the Park Restoration and Improvement Program (PRIPS). She has also worked at Rocky Mountain National Park as an interpreter and Landscape Architect; as a Western Team Planner for six years with the Denver Service Center; Acting Superintendent at Women’s Rights National Historical Park; Superintendent at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site; and as the Blue Ridge Parkway’s first community planner and Management Assistant. It was at Blue Ridge Parkway she helped the parks eight-partnership organizations achieve greater productivity. As Superintendent of Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Montana, she strengthened the entire operation of this working ranch to achieve better public service while lowering fixed costs.
Rotegard enjoys exploring the woods with her dogs and her husband, Bob Kraft. Both volunteer for and support creative and humanitarian ventures.