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Bischof is New Superintendent at Mount Mitchell State Park

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
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Katie Hall
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bischof is New Superintendent at Mount Mitchell State Park

Raleigh, N.C. - Kevin Bischof, a veteran ranger, has been named superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park in Yancey County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Bischof succeeds Robert McGraw, who transferred to serve as superintendent at Gorges State Park earlier this year.

A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection, community outreach and environmental education.

A native of Cincinnati, Kevin graduated from University of Cincinnati before completing a master’s degree at Indiana University in outdoor recreation with a focus in environmental education. He has worked for the division of parks and recreation as a ranger at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and Goose Creek, Gorges and Lake James state parks. He also served as acting superintendent while at Goose Creek. He has served on the division’s honor guard and is a certified environmental educator.  

“Kevin’s exemplary work as a ranger across the state and experience in the mountain region will be very valuable as he takes on this new role in our first state park,” said Dwayne Patterson, state parks director. “As the park doubles in size with new land acquisitions in the coming years, Kevin’s expertise and broad experience with both management and education will be great assets to the park”.

Mount Mitchell State Park was established in 1916 and now encompasses 1,996 acres. It recorded 398,091 visitors in 2017. 

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 234,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually.
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