NH State Parks Director Returning to Private Sector

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation announced yesterday that Director Ted Austin will be leaving his post on November 19th.  Austin will be returning to the private sector snow sports industry where much of his professional expertise has been developed, according to the release.

Austin will be assuming a “marketing position at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort. He previously was an executive at a Wyoming ski area and New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain Resort,” Boston.com reports.

“In his two years as Director, Ted has taken the Division in a positive direction and provided a clear vision which will help the division move forward,” said New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald. “I am sorry to see Ted leave, but I wish him the very best in his new endeavor. Ted’s dedication, leadership and experience were the timely combination of elements that were needed during these past two years to raise awareness of the challenges facing the State Park System.”

The Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of the Bureau of Park Operations, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain.  The Division manages 92 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas.  The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

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