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CAREER SENIOR EXECUTIVE NAMED TO HEAD NATIONAL PARK SERVICE'S NORTH ATLANTIC REGION; HIGHEST-RANKING WOMAN IN NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

 CAREER SENIOR EXECUTIVE NAMED TO HEAD NATIONAL PARK SERVICE'S NORTH ATLANTIC REGION; HIGHEST-RANKING WOMAN IN NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
 WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Marie Rust, an 18-year career employee with the National Park Service (NPS), has been appointed director of the service's North Atlantic Region (NAR) headquartered in Boston.
 NPS Director James Ridenour said he was "pleased to make this appointment. Marie is eminently qualified for this high position, having demonstrated outstanding innovative skills and management strategies that have continually improved operations in the eight-state region."
 Upon ascending to her new post, Rust becomes the highest-ranking woman in
the NPS. She was promoted from Deputy Regional Director, and replaces Gerald Patten, who is now in charge of the Park Service's Office of Strategic Planning in Denver.
 As regional director, Rust now oversees 41 National Park System areas, including Acadia National Park along Maine's coast, the Cape Cod and Fire Island (Long Island, N.Y.) National Seashores, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Monument in New York Harbor and the birthplaces of five U.S. presidents. She is responsible for administering NAR's $70 million operating budget and has general supervision over more than 2,000 full-time and temporary employees.
 While serving as Deputy Regional Director from 1990 to January 1992, Rust created various strategies to assist in improving day-to-day operations. Most notable was her innovative and award-winning "STARS" (Strategic Training Acquisition And Retention Program), to address various human resources and funding issues that helped improved daily working conditions. Previously, while Associate Regional Director for Administration, she established model internal communications systems that have won acclaim from both the NPS and the Department of the Interior.
 Since January, Rust had been acting regional director, and in June, she entered in the Federal Senior Executive Service.
 Rust began her NPS career in Boston as Regional Personnel Officer
in 1974. Later she was elected as a candidate to participate in the
Interior Department's Management Development Program. Upon her


successful completion of management training, she returned to the North Atlantic Region as deputy associate regional director for management and operations in 1982. Throughout her career, she initiated numerous management systems that have continually improved the effectiveness and efficiency of Regional operations.
 Now residing in Shrewsbury, Mass., she is a native of New York City. Rust has a B.A. in economics and French from Marymount Manhattan College and a masters in public administration from Columbia University.
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 /CONTACT: George Berklacy, 202-208-6843, or Edie Shean-Hammond 617-223-5199, of The National Park Service/ CO: National Park Service ST: District of Columbia, Massachusetts IN: SU: PER EXE


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