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Sue McBean is Superintendent of New Haw River State Park

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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, June 26, 2006

Sue McBean is Superintendent of New Haw River State Park

RALEIGH --Sue McBean, a veteran park ranger at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, has been promoted to superintendent of the new Haw River State Park, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

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.

"Haw River State Park is the site of our first residential environmental education center at The Summit, and our plans are to develop a traditional state park there as well," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "Sue's wide-ranging abilities as an experienced ranger and as an outstanding environmental educator make her an excellent choice as the park's first superintendent."

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 2003, Haw River State Park is being developed along the Guildford-Rockingham county line. The state parks system is seeking to acquire land to augment The Summit conference center, which was purchased in 2005 from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, McBean graduated in 1987 from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in natural resource management. She worked in seasonal positions for the U.S. Forest Service and for state parks systems in Ohio, South Dakota, Massachusetts, California, Colorado and Alaska before joining the North Carolina system in 1993 as a ranger at Jordan Lake. She is a certified environmental educator and has been lead interpretive and education ranger at Jordan Lake as well as a law enforcement instructor for the division.

As the first park superintendent at Haw River, McBean will be involved in hiring initial park staff, forming a citizens park advisory committee and developing management plans. She will begin her new duties July 24.

"I see Haw River State Park as having a bright and vibrant future, encompassing and enhancing resource protection, environmental education and staff development," McBean said. "I'm honored to be given the opportunity to be involved in the early stages of a project with such great potential for the Division of Parks and Recreation as well as for the state."