Retirement prompts leadership shuffle at Shenandoah park

By Rob Hotakainen | 05/10/2024 01:23 PM EDT

An interim superintendent will lead the park in Virginia until a permanent replacement is found for Pat Kenney, who left April 30.

Former Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Pat Kenney.

Former Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Pat Kenney retired at the end of last month. NPS

The National Park Service has launched a search for a new leader at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia after its superintendent retired last month, the agency said Thursday.

Pat Kenney retired Apr. 30, concluding a 34-year career with NPS.

Lewis Rogers, the superintendent at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, will serve as interim superintendent until a permanent replacement is named, the agency said. He took over May 1.


Kenney began working at Shenandoah in 2020. He started his NPS career in 1990 at Big Cypress National Preserve, where he served as a natural resources manager. He also did stints as the planning branch chief at the Denver Service Center, superintendent at Cape Lookout National Seashore and deputy superintendent at Yellowstone National Park.