Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
Dan Wenk assumed his duties as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park in February, 2011. He manages more than 2.2 million acres, a staff of 800 and has an annual base budget of more than $36 million.
Dan served as Deputy Director of Operations for the National Park Service in Washington D.C from March 2007 through February 2011, which now includes 417 national park sites covering more than 84 million acres. He then occupied the position of Interim President of the National Park Foundation in Washington D.C., in November 2014.
Wenk received the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award in 1991, Secretary Executive Leadership Awards in 2008 and 2009, and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2010.
A graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Dan joined the National Park Service in 1975 as a Landscape Architect at the Denver Service Center. Subsequent assignments included park landscape architect for Yellowstone National Park from 1979 to 1984 with responsibilities for the planning and development for the park. Dan was named Superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1985. As Superintendent he developed a public/private partnership with the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society to raise over $60 million in non-federal funds for preservation of the sculpture and redevelopment and improvement of visitor facilities at the Memorial.