ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Mike Madell, superintendent of Vicksburg Military National Park in Mississippi for the past five years, has been named deputy superintendent at Acadia.
He starts his new job next week.
Madell succeeds Len Bobinchock, who retired last spring after 25 years at Acadia. Stuart West, the park’s chief ranger, has been serving as acting deputy superintendent.
Madell told the Islander on Tuesday that when he interviewed for the deputy superintendent’s position, he was asked why he wanted to come to Acadia.
“My answer was simple: It’s Acadia,” he said. “It’s an amazing, magical place, and one where not that many vacancies occur. So when this one came up, it was absolutely a no-brainer to apply.”
Vicksburg Military National Park, where Madell has been superintendent, commemorates the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg by Union forces in 1863 and interprets events leading up to and following that pivotal Civil War battle. Under Madell’s leadership, the park restored additional areas of the battlefield and expanded its public programs.
Madell, a Michigan native, is a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service. He has served as superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Arkansas, where he oversaw planning for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the school’s desegregation.
He also was superintendent at the Missouri National Recreational River on the border between Nebraska and South Dakota.