Date: April 30, 2014 Contact: , 215-597-0865 Contact: , 570-241-8258
Debbie Conway Named Superintendent at Steamtown NHS
Debbie Conway has been selected as the new superintendent of Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA. She succeeds Acting Superintendent Bill Leonard and beloved former Superintendent Harold H. "Kip" Hagen, who passed away unexpectedly last December. Conway is a 28 year veteran of the National Park Service.
"Debbie is a natural leader with a truly excellent track record of building coalitions and supporting partnerships," said Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell. "Her strong interpretive background, integrated leadership approach and project management skills are particularly relevant for Steamtown."
During her tenure at Fort Stanwix, Conway implemented innovative programming efforts, enhanced partner relationships and community outreach, and increased visitation at Fort Stanwix by 47%. She developed a strong partnership with New York State Parks. She also implemented a cooperative management agreement to manage two state historic sites, which has become not only a very successful partnership, but has become a model for both agencies. Conway led the effort to establish a management structure for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area; which included the seating of the Commission, developing and implementing a management plan. She also managed numerous projects while at Fort Stanwix including installation of a new fire suppression system, rehabilitation of the historic parade ground and park's maintenance facility.
"I look forward to working with the staff of Steamtown National Historic Site and park partners to continue to highlight the important role steam railroads played in our nation's industrial and transportation heritage," said Conway. "The park's phenomenal collection of locomotives, passenger cars and railroad related objects provides the perfect backdrop to telling the rich story of America's railroading history."
Conway began her National Park Service (NPS) career while still in college, working seasonal jobs at sites in Ohio. Since then, she has served in a variety of park ranger and management positions in parks throughout the country. In addition to Fort Stanwix, Conway recently served on a detail as the acting superintendent at both Morristown and Thomas Edison National Historical Parks. She also was superintendent of Seattle's Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, chief of interpretation at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, chief of interpretation at the C&O Canal, and operations supervisor at Cuyahoga National Park. Cuyahoga is another one of the few national parks that operates railroad excursions in the National Park System. Conway also served in other posts at the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Colonial National Historical Park, and Yosemite National Park.
An Ohio native, Conway graduated in 1988 with a BA in history and biology from Hiram College.
Learn more about Steamtown National Historic Site at: www.nps.gov/stea
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