EMPIRE, MI – Scott Tucker, a 19-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Sleeping Bear Dunes). Tucker currently serves as the Superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (Lewis and Clark), which consists of seven units along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast from Long Beach, Washington, to Cannon Beach, Oregon. He will begin his new assignment in mid-June 2016.
“I am pleased to welcome Scott to the Midwest Region,” said Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly. “He has a proven track record of working closely with communities and partners.”
Tucker said, “My family is thrilled to be moving to northern Michigan and eager to make a connection with both the park and the community. Sleeping Bear Dunes and the state of Michigan are already in our family photo album, and we look forward to making many more memories there. I am excited to help the park continue protecting its amazing resources for the next generation.”
Prior to Lewis and Clark, Tucker served for five years as the Park Manager of President’s Park in Washington, DC, where he had responsibility for the 54 acres of NPS property immediately outside the White House complex. In that position, he navigated complex partnerships and fostered relationships with multiple federal agencies and private entities.
Prior to working at the White House, Tucker spent five years at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, where he served as the first Manager of Visitor Services. In that role, he created the visitor services program for the museum, planned for its grand opening in 2004, and contributed to ensuring Native American voices were represented in all public interactions and services.
Tucker has also worked for the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.
Originally from Colorado, Tucker has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado, with minors in History and Archeology. Tucker will be moving with his wife, a Michigan native who works for the Government Accountability Office, and their two young children.