February 6, 2008

New deputy superintendent appointed for NPS Outer Banks Group

Darrell Lee Echols has been named the new deputy superintendent for the National Park Service (NPS) Outer Banks Group.  The Outer Banks Group includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in North Carolina.

Echols is currently the chief of science and resources management at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas and has more than 18 years of national seashore experience.  He is a native of south Texas and has a bachelor of science degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

“Darrell Echols is the right person to fill this important position at this time,” said Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray.  “He has extensive experience in dealing with complex coastal issues and, by all accounts, has outstanding communication and management skills.  He will be a tremendous help in managing the many challenging issues faced by the three parks of the Outer Banks Group.”

Echols is married to the former Nancy Boone.  The Echols have two children, Hailey, 8, and Brian, 4.  The Echols family will move to the Outer Banks in late February. 

“My family and I are very excited about moving to the Outer Banks and experiencing the East Coast,” Echols said.  “I am especially looking forward to working with the management team and the community on the diverse issues facing the Outer Banks Group.”

Echols replace Mark Hardgrove, who left last year when he was promoted to superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park.


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