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Ken Bigley selected as superintendent of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Ken Bigley smiles for a photograph at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.
Ken Bigley at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Photo courtesy of the Wolf Trap Foundation.

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News Release Date: October 3, 2022

Contact: Jan Lemons, 571-299-8422

WASHINGTON – National Park Service (NPS) National Capital Regional Director Kym Hall has named Ken Bigley as the new superintendent of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Wolf Trap, located in Vienna, Virginia, just outside the nation’s capital, is the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts.  

As superintendent, Bigley will work with the park’s longstanding partner, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, to provide state-of-the-art, memorable performing arts experiences at the Filene Center and family-friendly activities at the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. He will also lead NPS staff in conserving Wolf Trap’s beautiful, natural landscape for its environmental value and for people to enjoy hiking, bird watching, educational programs and simply being outside.  

“Ken brings a wealth of leadership experience to this position and has already shown his commitment to working in partnership and engaging communities,” Regional Director Kym Hall said. “Ken’s dedication to the NPS mission and appreciation for the unique qualities of Wolf Trap make him a great steward and leader for this special destination.”   

Bigley served as deputy superintendent of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts since 2016. He has served as acting superintendent since May 2021 and begins his new position immediately.  

“Wolf Trap offers incredible opportunities for people to enjoy the arts and nature in a national park,” Bigley said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our exceptional park team and our partners at the Wolf Trap Foundation to preserve Wolf Trap, expand our outreach and programming and connect more people with the outdoors.”  

Bigley began his career as a resource assistant with the Student Conservation Association at Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico) in 1991. He served at many national park sites including Grand Canyon (Arizona), Mammoth Cave (Kentucky), Chamizal (Texas), and Everglades (Florida) before serving with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a financial specialist and later with the U.S. Forest Service as a budget officer. He has also served as an administrative officer with the NPS at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico), Big Bend National Park (Texas), Prince William Forest Park (Virginia) and Manassas National Battlefield Park (Virginia).    

Bigley earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard College.   

He enjoys hiking, history, watching baseball and visiting national parks across the country with his three daughters Kate, Lauren and Sarah, and his wife, Lisa, who works at the NPS Accounting Operations Center.  

Bigley succeeds George Liffert who was named superintendent at Prince William Forest Park in 2021.

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Last updated: October 3, 2022

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