Ferrum Alumnus Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site
Clark, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, graduated from Ferrum College in 1988 and went on to complete his studies at Radford University. Prior to this new assignment in Gettysburg, he served as the acting associate regional director for operations for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service and the acting national coordinator for National Heritage Areas for the Service and held positions including the superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia, the deputy chief ranger at Shenandoah National Park, and supervisory park ranger at the Blue Ridge Parkway, among other posts. He is currently enrolled in the Senior Executive Service’s Candidate Development Program, identifying him as one of the Service’s most promising senior leaders.
While at Manassas, Clark was a leader for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the broader Civil War to Civil Rights commemorative effort. Clark has also successfully managed Manassas through some challenging projects, including bringing the park’s General Management Plan to conclusion, and he has also worked to create a new sustainable organization during complicated political and financial times.
“Ed’s deep understanding of park operations and tremendous partnership skills—as well as deep connections to the Civil War community—make him the ideal candidate to lead one of the most significant battlefields in the nation, if not the world,” said National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach. “Ed’s network and skill-set will serve the park staff, community, and visitors well.”
Clark has ancestors who fought at Gettysburg, making the battlefield a very special place for him personally and professionally. “Battlefields are good at creating new generations of historians,” Clark said. “My kids are keenly interested in history and Gettysburg is the place I introduced the concepts and importance of history to them.”
“Gettysburg is such a special place,” Clark said. “I can’t think of any more desirable or high-profile park in which to work. It is truly an honor to be named superintendent of the park and fill a great obligation to continue the great work that’s been done there.”
The original version of this article is based on a press release from the National Park Service and a story written by Mark Walters and posted on 01/02/2014 in The Evening Sun in Hanover, Pennsylvania.