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New Superintendent Named For Lewis And Clark National Historical Park

Daily Astorian | May 5, 2013 3:21 p.m. | Updated: May 5, 2013 10:21 p.m.

Scott Tucker has been selected as the new superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, which includes Fort Clatsop and sites in Washington. He replaces David Szymanski, who is now superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

“Scott has proven experience working with tribes, leading programs to engage diverse youth in national parks and telling the Lewis and Clark story,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “I expect that Scott will not just maintain, but continue to build and grow the park’s work with the wide array of partners within the community.”

Tucker has more than 15 years of federal government experience. He is currently the manager of President’s Park in Washington, D.C., where he has responsibility for the 54 acres of National Park Service property immediately outside the White House Complex. In this position, he has navigated complex public and private partnerships and fostered relationships with multiple federal agencies.

For the last five years he has participated in the planning and implementation of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, the White House Easter Egg Roll and Presidential inaugurations. Tucker’s duties have also included overseeing the White House Visitor Center, care and preservation for several monuments, memorials, statues and gardens and the monitoring of First Amendment demonstrations that frequently occurred near the White House.

Prior to working for President’s Park, Tucker spent five years at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian where he served as the first manager of visitor services for the Smithsonian Institution and received the museum’s Employee of the Year Award in 2004. In this position he created the visitor services program for the museum, planned for the grand opening of the museum in 2004 and contributed to ensuring the Native American voice was incorporated into all public interactions and services.

“We’re looking forward to Scott joining the park family, especially with his background in U.S. history,” said Jill Harding, acting superintendent at Lewis and Clark. “We have an exceptional staff, and with his leadership and experience we will continue to provide outstanding services.”

An avid fan of history and the great outdoors, Tucker also has experience interpreting the story of Lewis and Clark’s epic journey across America. Specifically, he helped launch the Corps of Discovery II Project, serving as the deputy chief of interpretation in 2003 for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail’s traveling exhibit that followed the footsteps of the original Corps of Discovery during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration. In this position, Tucker kicked off the traveling exhibit in 2003 in Charlottesville, Va., and traveled the Eastern Legacy of the trail telling the story of Lewis and Clark. While on the trail, he was responsible for community engagement, planning, education and visitor services.

“I am thrilled to once again have the honor to tell the story of Lewis and Clark. The interconnection of the park and the community is integral to the mission of the National Park Service,” said Tucker. “I look forward to working in partnership with the staff of the park, the native community and the residents of Oregon and Washington to continue to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lewis and Clark. My family and I are also excited to become a part of the Astoria community and to contribute to this great story.”

Tucker, a Colorado native, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado, with minors in history and archaeology. He is married to Josey, and the couple has two children, ages 5 ½ and 18 months. The family loves the outdoors, camping, hiking and traveling. The family looks forward to being closer to nature and leaving behind their hour-long commute. Scott will begin his new assignment in late June.

Follow Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on its website, www.nps.gov/lewi or on Facebook www.facebook.com/LewisandClarkNationalHistoricalPark

This story originally appeared in Daily Astorian.

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