RALEIGH -- Edward Wilkerson, a veteran park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Wayne County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education.
A native of Richmond, Va., Wilkerson graduated in 1990 from East Carolina University with a bachelor?s degree in English and economics. He also holds an applied sciences degree in forest management technology from Wayne Technical College. He served as assistant county forest ranger for the N.C. Forestry Service in Halifax County before joining the state parks system in 2005 as a ranger at Medoc Mountain State Park. He has also served as acting superintendent at the park.
Wilkerson holds certification in environmental education, intermediate law enforcement and prescribed burning.
?Edward has the well-rounded experience in all aspects of state park operations that the division seeks in a park superintendent. This will be valuable both to him and to Cliffs of the Neuse State Park as it continues to grow and develop,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park was established in 1945, and now encompasses 892 acres. It reported visitation of 166,674 in 2011.
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