DATE: October 18, 2006
Brett Wright, (864) 656-3036
Ross Norton, (864) 656-4810
Mainella joins PRTM faculty
CLEMSON, S.C. — The woman who led America’s National Park Service for the last five years will join Clemson University’s faculty as a visiting scholar in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM).
Fran P. Mainella, the first woman to serve as director of the National Park Service, officially resigned that post this week and will join the Clemson faculty in January.
Mainella is the 16th director of the National Park Service, appointed by President George W. Bush on June 4, 2001. A career professional in park and recreation management, she previously served as director of Florida’s Division of Recreation and Parks.
As director of the National Park Service, Mainella’s tenure was highlighted by fostering new and innovative partnerships, improving visitor services in parks, reducing a massive maintenance backlog and revising management policies. She worked to strengthen programs to preserve natural and cultural resources in the parks. She focused especially on creating opportunities through volunteerism, partnership and outreach programs.
At Clemson, she will lead seminars for graduate students in the PRTM program and help raise funds for a research and training center in park management.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a visiting scholar at Clemson University,” Mainella said. “This position will allow me the time to take care of my aging parents and also share my knowledge of managing state and national parks with countless others.”
Clemson’s relationship with Mainella and the National Park Service is not new. PRTM annually presents the George B. Hartzog Jr. Lecture and Award Series, where the biennial Fran P. Mainella Award is presented to someone who has shown exemplary leadership in park management.
Brett Wright, faculty chair of PRTM, said Mainella’s talent for forming partnerships and deep experience of park management will serve the program well.
“Fran Mainella is a key leader in parks and recreation nationally and internationally,” Wright said. “She has been a strong advocate for the preservation of parks for more than 25 years. We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber join us.”
Established in 1966, Clemson’s PRTM department is one of the largest and oldest of its type in North America. The department has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the National Park Service and other federal and state land management agencies. The Hartzog Lecture and Award Series is in its 28th year.
Clemson University is a public, land-grant university. The university is committed to world-class teaching, research and public service. Approximately 17,100 undergraduate and graduate students study on the 1,400-acre campus. Students choose from more than 70 degree programs offered through the university’s five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.
ENDEditor’s Note: A digital photograph of Mainella is available online. To download the photograph, go to http://clemsonews.clemson.edu/WWW_releases/2006/October/Image_pages/Mainella.html.