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New Grand Canyon Superintendent Hired

Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels today announced that
Mount Rainier Superintendent David Uberuaga has been named Superintendent
of Grand Canyon National Park.  Uberuaga will begin his duties in mid-July.

“I am extremely pleased that we have someone of Dave’s character,
experience and ability at Grand Canyon National Park,” Wessels said.  “He
has all the skills necessary to take on the many complex issues that are
part of managing a park the size and stature of Grand Canyon.”

Uberuaga is currently the Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in
Washington state, a post he has held for the past 9 years.  During that
time he served for more than a year as Acting Superintendent of Yosemite
National Park.  He has spent 37 years in federal service and has been with
the National Park Service since 1984.

“I am humbled to have been selected as Superintendent at Grand Canyon,”
Uberuaga said. “I look forward to working with the park staff, the many
stakeholders who care so deeply about the park, and the local community.
Grand Canyon National Park is a truly spectacular place, one that has
inspired people around the world.”

Uberuaga has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters in
Business Administration from the University of Idaho.  Among his many
awards, he is the recipient of the National Parks Conservation
Association’s Stehpen Tyng Mather Award for promoting environmental
preservation in parks; the Department of Interior Cooperative Conservation
Award; and the Department of Interior Superior Service Award.  In 2008, he
was named Federal Land Manger of the year by the Department of Interior.

Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, he and his wife Barbara have three grown
children, Mark, Michelle and Amy.

—NPS—

SHANNAN D. MARCAK
Public Affairs Specialist
Grand Canyon National Park
(928)638-7958
Shannan_Marcak@nps.gov

Did you know … that the oldest human artifacts found in Grand Canyon
National Park date to the Paleo-Indian period and are nearly 12,000 years
old !?

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