Robin Kalish has been named superintendent of Hanging Rock State Park, according to a release from the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. She succeeds Dave Cook who was promoted to north district superintendent in 2012.
Kalish has been a ranger at Jordan Lake State Natural Area since 1999, primarily responsible for the Poplar Point access. A native of Hocking County, Ohio, she earned an associate’s degree in ranger services in 1998 from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She has experience with the Ohio state parks system, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Department and as a seasonal employee at Jordan Lake. She holds certifications in environmental education and intermediate law enforcement.
“Robin brings solid ranger experience and a profound affection for our natural resources to the job as superintendent at Hanging Rock State Park,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. “She is a good choice to lead one of our oldest and most beloved state parks as it meets future challenges.”
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.
Hanging Rock State Park was established in 1936 with the aid of the Civilian Conservation Corps and now encompasses 7,044 acres. It recorded 443,899 visitors in 2012.