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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, October 21, 2007

Greg Schneider Promoted to South District Superintendent for State Parks

RALEIGH -- Greg Schneider, an 18-year veteran of the state parks system, has been promoted to south district superintendent for the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Jud Burns, who retired in September after a 30-year career.

As one of four district superintendents, Schneider will be responsible for operations, resource management, environmental education programming, law enforcement, safety and facility maintenance for 10 state parks from Morrow Mountain in Stanly County to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on the southeast coast.

'Greg has broad experience as a park ranger and as superintendent at Jordan Lake and Fort Fisher state recreation areas and at Jones Lake State Park, three very different types of park units in the south district,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. 'He is highly qualified for the range of challenges that a district superintendent encounters in a growing state parks system.'

Schneider is a native of Florida who grew up in Iredell County. He graduated from Wingate College in 1995, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. He holds advanced law enforcement certification and in 1996, became the division's first certified law enforcement firearms instructor.

Schneider was a seasonal employee before being hired as a park ranger at Jordan Lake in 1991. He moved to Eno River State Park in 1997. He became superintendent at Fort Fisher in 2000, at Jones Lake in 2002 and at Jordan Lake in 2004. He has received the division's Special Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service Award. He was named 1995 Ranger of the Year by the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

'This region of the state parks system has some of the most unique, beautiful and inspiring natural resources and habitats found in this nation,' Schneider said. 'I look forward to working closely with citizens, advocacy groups and staffs of the parks as we work to preserve and protect these examples of our state's natural heritage.'