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RALEIGH -- Dave Cook, formerly the superintendent at Hanging Rock State Park, has been promoted to north district superintendent for the state parks system, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Erik Nygard, who retired in October after a 28-year career.
As one of four district superintendents, Cook will be responsible for operations, resource management, environmental education programming, law enforcement, safety and facility maintenance for nine state parks across northern North Carolina as well as Occoneechee State Natural Area.
“Dave is an experienced veteran of the state parks system, having served as superintendent or ranger at four state parks and as a leader in our search-and-rescue and emergency response efforts,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. “He is highly qualified for the range of challenges that a district superintendent encounters in a growing state parks system.”
Cook has served as Hanging Rock State Park’s superintendent since 2008. A native of Chapel Hill, he graduated from North Carolina State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation resources administration. He was a district executive with Boy Scouts of America for three years before joining the state parks system in 1986 as a park ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.
Cook served as a ranger at Morrow Mountain State Park before being named superintendent at Eno River State Park in 1993. He is a certified environmental educator, holds advanced law enforcement certification and is an instructor for the division in search and rescue techniques and law enforcement physical fitness.
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