Wendy Ross Named Theodore Roosevelt National Park Acting Superintendent

Wendy Ross has been selected as the Acting Superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park beginning November 1, 2014. She is currently Superintendent of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in Stanton, North Dakota.
Ross has served 22 years in government service, two in the United States Peace Corps and 20 in the National Park Service (NPS). Prior to her NPS service, Ross served as an Agricultural Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka. Her first position with the NPS was Visitor Use Assistant at Yellowstone National Park. She has been a Natural Resource specialist at Shiloh National Military Park, and North Cascades and Glacier National Parks. After a three year period as Glacier National Park Management Assistant, she moved to North Dakota and assumed the Superintendent role at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.
Her NPS experience includes a lifetime of living in America’s national parks. Her father, Pete Hart, was also a Park Ranger and a 33-year veteran upon his retirement from the NPS in 2001. He served as Superintendent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park from 1990 through 1995. Wendy spent the summer of 1990 as a volunteer research assistant for the feral horse study in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Over the past three years, retired Theodore Roosevelt Superintendent Valerie Naylor and Superintendent Ross have worked together on many projects and issues, including partnerships, mitigation, energy development, and external issue response.
“I will carry on Valerie’s conservation efforts and the other position duties during this transition period.
The North Dakota badlands hold a special place in my heart and it is an honor to continue the legacy that Valerie leaves as she retires.”
The Acting Superintendent assignment is expected to last up to four months while the NPS Midwest Regional Director completes the formal selection process for a new Superintendent.


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