Robert (Bob) DeGross, a Wisconsin native, has been selected as the next Superintendent of Voyageurs National Park. He'll start this December.
"I'm excited to make the move to northern Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park, and am looking forward to working with the staff and adjacent communities." DeGross said. "I've always had an affinity for the water and woods of the northern forest. The human history and natural beauty of the area is truly spectacular."
DeGross has been active in the National Park Service for 25 years, currently the Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. In his career, he has served in a range of park management positions including acting superintendent of Biscayne National Park in 2016, acting deputy superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 and 2015, and acting superintendent of Canaveral National Seashore in 2007 among numerous other supervisory and field positions.
"We are pleased to welcome Bob as the superintendent of Voyageurs National Park," stated Regional Director Cam Sholly. "He has a proven track record of solving complex problems and working to build strong community relations and park operations."
DeGross said he is looking forward to moving back home to the upper Midwest, where he plans to enjoy canoeing, hiking, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and watching the northern lights.
"Bob has an impressive background working with parks and park partners. We look forward to learning from his partnership experience and continuing our efforts jointly with Bob and park staff," said Christina Hausman, VNPA executive director.
Voyageurs National Park Association would like to thank Bill Carlson, who served as acting superintendent, for his dedication and service to the park this year. We welcome Bob to the Voyageurs community!