shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Superintendent Dale Ditmanson
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
In May 2004, Dale A. Ditmanson, assumed the role of the 15th Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park.
A South Dakota native and a 1975 graduate of the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in history, Ditmanson's first NPS assignment was a Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, South Dakota; Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Arizona; and Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming. He also was a training specialist at the NPS training center at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
In the early 1990s, Ditmanson was superintendent of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Colorado, then served for four years as assistant superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Arizona and Utah. He moved to Philadelphia in 1999. In that position, he was in charge of all park operations in the northeastern U.S. including security for such famous national treasures as the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty bell and the USS Constitution.
Ditmanson's wife, Suzanne, is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They have two sons, Andy, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alex, a senior at Gatlinburg Pittman High School.