National Park Service Announces New Superintendent

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YORK — National Park Service Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Jerri Marr as the new superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park. Marr’s first day on the job will be November 21. In addition to Colonial National Historical Park, Marr will also provide supervision of Fort Monroe National Monument and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Prior to her position as superintendent, Marr worked as the assistant director of recreation, heritage, youth, and volunteer resources with the U.S. Forest Service since 2014. “Jerri is an experienced manager who has worked at various levels of federal service,” said Vietzke in a press release. “Her skills as a talented leader, communicator, team builder and problem solver will help the park navigate several ongoing, multifaceted projects, including the rehabilitation of the Colonial Parkway, confronting sea level rise, and planning related to the Werowocomoco archeological site.”

Marr looks forward to joining the team. “It is my greatest honor to be selected as superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park,” said Marr. “I love to connect people to the land. I am excited to work with and learn from the staff, partners, stakeholders, and the community who work to protect and preserve these iconic sites while providing amazing recreational experiences for visitors.”

From 2017 to 2018, Marr was a fellow in the White House Leadership Development Program. She was one of 14 federal employees chosen to the program that was designed to build leaders to address the federal government’s most complex, high-priority, cross-agency challenges. She served as forest supervisor of Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Colorado from 2010 to 2014. She also enjoyed four years as deputy forester supervisor at Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Marr grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry and Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee.