Monday, November 3, 2014

National Park Foundation CEO Steps Down - Yellowstone Superintendent Fills Spot in Interim

Neil Mulholland has announced that he will step down as president and CEO for the National Park Foundation, bringing to a close his five-year tenure with the organization that serves as the official charity of America's national parks.

The change in leadership comes at a strategic moment as preparations for the National Park Service's 2016 centennial move from the planning phase to implementation.

Since 2009, Mulholland led the National Park Foundation in achieving record-level donations and substantial growth in the reach of its work to connect more Americans to their national parks. Under Mulholland's leadership, the foundation successfully raised over $40 million to build the Flight 93 National Memorial, and this year the Foundation will conclude its most successful fundraising year in its history.

"Neil is a visionary leader who brought professionalism and dedication to the shared efforts of the National Park Service and National Park Foundation to protect, preserve and share our national parks with the American people," said Director Jarvis. "I thank him for his commitment to our work and wish him well in his future endeavors."

During his tenure, Mulholland also helped lay a foundation for the upcoming campaign to promote and celebrate the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, as well as provided valuable expertise in improving the financial accounting and investment portfolio of the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Foundation's board of directors will begin a national search to identify a successor. Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk has agreed to serve as interim president and CEO of the National Park Foundation while the Foundation’s board of directors conducts the search for a successor. Mr. Wenk will begin his interim position today, November 3rd, and will return to work at Yellowstone once a permanent successor is named. During Mr. Wenk’s absence from Yellowstone, Deputy Superintendent Steve Iobst will be acting superintendent.


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