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    Bob Kirby Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park

    NPS Northeast Region


    For Immediate Release
    January 8, 2010
    Contact: Phil Sheridan, 215-597-0865


    Bob Kirby Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site


    Philadelphia – National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Dennis R. Reidenbach has named James Robert (Bob) Kirby as the new superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Kirby, currently superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia, will assume his new post in March. Acting superintendent Mel Poole will return to his position as superintendent of Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurman, Maryland.

    “Bob is a seasoned veteran who combines demonstrated leadership skills with experience in managing an important Civil War site,” said Reidenbach. “As we look ahead to the 150th anniversary of the conflict, Bob is the right individual to oversee both the best known Civil War park in the national park system, and to manage a significant presidential site.”

    “Historic sites are rich classrooms where we can explore our development as a nation,” said Kirby. “Few other nations openly reveal their history—the good and the bad—as we do here in the United States. That alone makes managing the national treasures in Gettysburg a profoundly humbling and vastly rewarding experience.”

    Kirby was appointed superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia in 2001. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a 70,000 acre park located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    Kirby’s prior assignments include chief of interpretation at Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Mass. 1990-1995; as an environmental protection specialist, Defense Logistics Agency, Ogden, Utah 1986-1990; outdoor recreation director with the Department of the Army in West Germany, 1983-1986; and assignments as a district ranger, sub-district supervisor, and interpretative ranger at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco from 1974-1983.

    Kirby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Park Management from San Francisco State University,. Bob and his wife Beth have two children, Megan and James.

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    Nancy Hogan-Rohrbaugh
    Gettysburg National Military Park
    Museum and Visitor Center
    Visitor Services Asst Mgr and Space Reservations
    Gettysburg, PA
    www.gettysburgfoundation.org

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    Re: Bob Kirby Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park

    Worked for Bob at Petersburg many moons ago. He is a "stand-up" guy with integrity and obvious ample experience for this position. Gettysburg is fortunate to get such a proven asset of the National Park Service. Congrats Bob! BUT...Petersburg will miss you and yours greatly. Gettysburg's gain is Petersburg's loss!
    John Marler
    Franklin, TN

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    Re: Bob Kirby Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park

    Wow this is great news! I've worked under Bob for the two past summers and he's a great guy. Like Marse Marler said, Gettysburg is getting a stellar Superintendent. Unfortunately Gettysburg's gain is PNB's loss.

    BB

    And Petersburg misses you too John!
    Bill Backus

    Backus's Bodacious Battery (PNB gun crew)
    1st Maine Cavalry

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    Re: Bob Kirby Named Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park

    Having spent most of my NPS career thus far (9 years this June) working under Bob at Petersburg I must concur with Bill and John: Gettysburg's gain is PNB's loss.
    Sincerely,
    Emmanuel Dabney
    Atlantic Guard Soldiers' Aid Society
    http://www.agsas.org

    "God hasten the day when war shall cease, when slavery shall be blotted from the face of the earth, and when, instead of destruction and desolation, peace, prosperity, liberty, and virtue shall rule the earth!"--John C. Brock, Commissary Sergeant, 43d United States Colored Troops

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