Dinosaur National Monument welcomes new superintendent
Dinosaur National Monument is set to welcome a new superintendent in time for the monument’s busy tourist season.
“The opportunity to lead a talented National Park Service staff and work with passionate stakeholders in stewarding majestic lands and waters for the American public fulfills a dream that has taken shape over the course of my career,” said Paul Scolari, newly appointed superintendent.
Dinosaur National Monument spans more than 210,000 acres along the Colorado-Utah border and contains the remains of fossilized dinosaurs, wild river canyons, evidence of 10,000 years of human habitation, and an array of animal and plant life.
Scolari will take the reins from Patrick Walsh, who has been acting superintendent since the departure of Mark Foust. Foust left his post at Dinosaur National Monument in July to become superintendent of Buffalo National River in Arkansas.
“Paul is known for his steady demeanor, level-headedness, collaborative approach, and an open and inclusive management style,” said Acting Intermountain Regional Director Kate Hammond in announcing the selection of Scolari as the next superintendent. “This, along with his experience working with park partners, will serve him well at Dinosaur National Monument.”
Scolari will also supervise the Superintendent of Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming. He will begin his new assignment March 31.
“Dinosaur and Fossil Butte are enchanting places; I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to take a place among my predecessors in caring for them,” he said.
Fossil Butte National Monument, located in Southwest Wyoming, preserves a portion of the Green River Formation, known for having the highest density of fish fossils in the world.
Scolari has more than 24 years of National Park Service experience and is currently chief of resource management and planning at a group of national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area — Eugene O’Neill and John Muir National Historic Sites, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, and Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
His previously worked at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where he served as historian, American Indian liaison, and historic preservation specialist.
Recently, Scolari completed details as acting superintendent at American Memorial Park in Saipan and War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam and as legislative affairs specialist in the Legislative and Congressional Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. He will complete the highly regarded Office of Personnel Management Leadership Development Program in Monterey, California, at the end of March.
Scolari holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied the commemoration of the American frontier in public monuments. He is married to wife Lynnette, and together, they have two daughters, Beatrix, 22, and Imogen, 16.
In his free time, Scolari likes to get outdoors; hit the trails to hike run, or ski; and cultivate native plants.