Jan. 8– Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced Wednesday that Dale Wilkerson has been selected as the next superintendent of Shiloh National Military Park.
Wilkerson has served since 2007 as the administrative officer at the Natchez Trace Parkway, headquartered in Tupelo, Miss. He will begin his new assignment in early February.
“We are very fortunate to have Dale coming on board as the superintendent at Shiloh,” Austin said. “In his 20-year Park Service career he has proven himself to be a dedicated and effective leader. He did an outstanding job as acting superintendent of Natchez Trace Parkway and has shown a great ability to work with park partners and community leaders. We know he will be a great leader for one of our most significant and iconic Civil War parks.”
“Shiloh National Military Park, Shiloh National Cemetery, and the Corinth Interpretive Center are such great places, and I am truly honored to have been selected as superintendent,” Wilkerson said. “Although the Revolutionary War established the nation, we are defined as a people mostly by the struggles endured during the Civil War. At the Battle of Shiloh, there were almost 24,000 casualties, more than all the previous U.S. wars combined to that date.
This is truly a place of honor, one of the hallowed grounds in the United States. As we move toward celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, I look forward to working with the staff, our partners, and the local communities in preserving and protecting these treasured resources.”