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Bill Justice has been named superintendent of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
He takes over for Keith Pruitt, who retired several months ago.
Justice began his duties in mid-August.
“We are very excited to bring Bill back to the Southeast Region,” said National Park Service Southeast Regional Director David Vela. “He is a skilled and resourceful leader who has shown a great desire to take on positions of increasing responsibility. With his excellent background in park education and resource management we know Bill will do a terrific job as the superintendent of the national park that helps to tell the story of one of America's greatest Presidents.”
Justice comes to Lincoln Birthplace from Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, Hagerstown, Md., where he served as the chief of interpretation and education since 2002. He began his National Park Service career at that park in 1974 as a seasonal park technician. He served as a park ranger at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site from 1978-1989, before moving to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, where he served as supervisory park ranger. In 1994 Justice became chief ranger at Natchez NHP and served as acting superintendent of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park for a period of time in 2001.
Justice holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from American University and he is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School Executive Leadership Program.
“I am honored to have been selected to be the superintendent of the birthplace of one of the greatest American presidents,” Justice said. “President Lincoln's legacy can be seen and felt everywhere in this country. I look forward to working with the park staff and the community to preserve the resources of his birthplace and boyhood home and tell his important story.”