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Pat McCrory, Governor
Susan Kluttz, Secretary
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Charlie Peek
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Greenwood new superintendent at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Raleigh -- Joy Greenwood, a veteran ranger and park superintendent, has been named superintendent of Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Dare County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. She succeeds Debo Cox, who retired 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 and environmental education.

Greenwood has been the superintendent at Merchants Millpond State Park since 2014. A native of Vernon, NJ, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from East Carolina University in 1993. After working as a seasonal employee with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, she joined the state parks system in 1998 as a ranger at Goose Creek State Park and later served as a ranger at Pettigrew and Dismal Swamp state parks. In 2007, she was named superintendent at Dismal Swamp State Park.

Greenwood is a certified environmental educator and has advanced training in law enforcement and prescribed burning. She is a physical fitness and CPR instructor for the parks system.

“Joy brings broad experience as a superintendent and a keen knowledge of the region and its communities to her new post at Jockey’s Ridge State Park,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “Jockey’s Ridge is a unique and highly-visited state park and under her guidance, it will continue to maintain a fine balance between recreation, education and natural resource protection.”

Jockey’s Ridge State Park was established in 1975 and now encompasses 426 acres. It reported visitation of 1.2 million in 2015.