YORK - For the first time in a decade, there is a new superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park.
National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell announced Monday that Kym Hall has been named to fill the vacancy created by long-time superintendent Dan Smith's retirement last year. Smith was superintendent of the park for 10 years.
"We're very excited about the tremendous experience and leadership skills that Kym brings to Colonial National Historical Park. Her extensive background and passion for working collaboratively will serve her well as she energizes and expands the park's partnerships," Caldwell said in a release announcing the appointment. "At Glacier, she successfully tackled a wide range of issues; from highway and road operations, to concessions and partner management. As acting superintendent, she also spent considerable time working with park staff, leading planning efforts, and building teamwork and organizational effectiveness.”
Hall has worked as deputy superintendent at Glacier National Park in Montana since 2011, she also served four months as acting superintendent at Glacier and four months as acting superintendent at the Outer Banks Group in North Carolina.
"I am honored to have been selected to serve as the superintendent. Many years ago I visited the park on a family vacation and knew that I wanted to work there one day," Hall said. "I'm thrilled at the opportunity to work with the park staff, our neighbors, partners and stakeholders as we launch into the centennial of the National Park Service."
Since 2007, there have been a number of changes at Colonial National Historical Park, which encompasses the site of the original Jamestown fort, the Yorktown battlefield and the Colonial Parkway which connects them.
Hall has been with the Park Service for 28 years, beginning at Olympic National Park in Washington. She then went to work in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, working on regulations. She developed the first winter use regulations for Yellowstone National Park and rules for the use of personal watercraft and off-road vehicles at various park locations.
She's a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program, in 2014. She has three sons.