ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Lynne Dominy, the park’s chief of interpretation and education for the past nine years, has been appointed superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.
She will assume the position in about two weeks.
“Lynne is an exceptional leader who knows how to listen and foster collaboration both within and outside of government,” Patricia Trap, National Park Service acting Midwest regional director, said in a press release announcing Dominy’s selection.
Dominy said she is honored to have been chosen.
“I have a deep passion for our nation’s water resources…,” she said. “I look forward to working with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the communities who call this lake home, and with the park partners and staff who protect this beautiful park throughout the year.”
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore consists of 21 islands in Lake Superior and a 12-mile stretch of mainland at the northern tip of the peninsula that juts into the lake. The park records about 200,000 visits a year, mostly in the summer months.
Two years ago, Dominy spent four months as acting superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana when that park was between permanent superintendents.
Dominy began her National Park Service career in the 1980s at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. It was there, she said, “I decided I was going to be a park ranger for the rest of my life.”
She also has worked at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Point Reyes National Seashore in California and Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. She was there for 10 years before coming to Acadia.
Christie Anastasia, Acadia’s public affairs specialist, said a new chief of interpretation and education is expected to be hired by the middle of July. Until then, another member of the Acadia staff will fill in.