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Woodruff Appointed Falls Lake Superintendent; Kershner Retires

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
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Katie Hall
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Woodruff Appointed Falls Lake Superintendent; Kershner Retires

Raleigh, N.C. – Kristen Woodruff, a long-time employee of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, has been promoted to superintendent at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Scott Kershner, who was the superintendent at Falls Lake since 2005, recently retired.

A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area and has wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection, community outreach and environmental education. State Recreation Areas have two superintendents each due to the large numbers of visitors regularly served by the park.

Woodruff grew up near Spring Lake, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. Early in her career, she worked as a seasonal employee at Carolina Beach State Park and Falls Lake State Recreation Area. She joined the state parks system full time in 2005 as a ranger at William B. Umstead State Park and transferred to Goose Creek State Park in 2008. Since then, she has served as superintendent at Raven Rock and Singletary Lake state parks. Woodruff holds certifications in environmental education, advanced law enforcement and public agency supervision.

Woodruff’s experience managing parks in multiple regions of the state and experience as a law enforcement instructor are expected to benefit the park and its visitors. “We are happy to welcome Kristen back to the Piedmont and look forward to her leadership at Falls Lake,” said N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Director Mike Murphy. “The state recreation area’s high visitation and recreational activity at Falls Lake will make Kristen’s leadership experience quite valuable as superintendent in the coming years.”

North Carolina State Parks’ Piedmont region Superintendent Jay Greenwood is pleased to have Kristen on his team again. “Kristen’s familiarity with our park system and the varying needs of each park is highly valuable,” Greenwood said. “I expect that her fresh perspective and special skill set will be a winning combination for managing the recreation area.”

Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of a 12,000-acre reservoir in the Triangle. It hosts more than 300 campsites, five swim beaches, boating ramps and mountain biking trails.


About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 232,000 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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