Welcome Superintendent Jim Northup

Shenandoah National Park’s new superintendent takes the helm this month. Jim comes to Shenandoah from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he has served as Superintendent since 2005. His 32-year career with the National Park Service also includes positions at Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton, Big Bend and Grand Canyon National Parks; Cape Hatteras and Fire Island National Seashores; and Buffalo National River. Jim’s move to Shenandoah is actually a homecoming: he grew up in Front Royal and his first seasonal ranger position with the National Park Service was at Shenandoah National Park in 1979. In addition to serving as Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, Jim will serve as Superintendent of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia.