THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROBERT G. STANTON DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Robert G. Stanton as Director of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Mr. Stanton, of Fairfax, Virginia is the former Field Director of the National Capitol Area of the National Park Service where he served from 1988 until his retirement in January 1997. Mr. Stanton managed 2,400 employees, 40 national parks, historic sites, memorials and parkways, and directed an annual operating budget of $145 million. His 31-year career with the National Park Service began in 1962 as a park ranger in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and his career experiences include serving as the Superintendent of the National Capital Parks-East. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Stanton served as the Superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park, and from 1974 to 1976, he served as the Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region for the National Park Service. Mr. Stanton was the Assistant Director, Park Operations from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1987, he served as the Deputy Regional Director of the National Capital Region. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Stanton served as the Associate Director of Operations for the National Park Service. Mr. Stanton has received several awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service and the U.S. Department of Interior's Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Mr. Stanton holds a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas, and has done graduate work at Boston University.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Director of the National Park Service is responsible for planning, developing, administering, protecting, maintaining and interpreting to the public the National Park System and related areas. The National Park System is composed of many unique, scenic and historic related areas such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon and approximately 770 memorials, monuments and areas in the District of Columbia and environs. The Director oversees a budget of $1.6 billion and supervises over 20,000 permanent and seasonal employees who manage 373 national park system units totaling 80 million acres.