New Superintendent Appointed for Yellowstone
According to the NPS announcement, as associate director, Sholly guided the development and implementation of a national employee safety strategy which has helped dramatically reduce employee fatalities across the bureau.
Cameron Sholly, the National Park Service's Midwest Regional director, has been selected as the new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, NPS Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith announced June 13. Sholly has been managing a team of 2,000 employees, a budget of more than $250 million, and the operations of 61 national park units spread across 13 states.
"Cam is a proven leader who has successfully worked at every senior level in the National Park Service, including assignments as regional director, associate director, and superintendent," said Smith. "Most recently, he has overseen the completion of one of the largest public/private partnership projects in NPS history – the $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds and museum in St. Louis. Cam has built productive and valuable relations with communities, landowners, and local, state, and tribal leaders throughout his career, and I am confident he will continue shaping the right vision for Yellowstone's future."
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke praised Sholly work with local communities and tribes on important wildlife and conservation work, noting he has overseen some of the service's most high-profile park infrastructure projects in recent years. "Managing our National Parks is a responsibility and a privilege, and I'm confident Cam Sholly will do a fantastic job at Yellowstone," Zinke said.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the extraordinary staff and partners at Yellowstone," Sholly said. "Exceptional work has occurred there over the past years because of the dedication of the NPS staff, partners, and communities. I look forward to continuing a positive trajectory for one of the greatest park in the world."
From 2012-2015, Sholly served as the associate director for Visitor and Resource Protection at NPS headquarters, where he managed a national portfolio that included wilderness stewardship, fire and aviation management, risk management, public health, ranger law enforcement, regulations, and the United States Park Police. According to the NPS announcement, as associate director, Sholly guided the development and implementation of a national employee safety strategy which has helped dramatically reduce employee fatalities across the bureau. He also approved new national policies for wilderness stewardship, law enforcement, wildland fire, and many other NPS programs.