The staff at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is pleased to welcome Tom Ross as the park’s Acting Superintendent. Ross arrived in the park on April 15 and will serve in the top position for up to 120 days. He is currently the Superintendent of the Thomas Edison and Morristown National Historical Parks in West Orange and Morristown, New Jersey, a post he has held since 2013. A permanent superintendent is expected to be named in the coming months.
Ross previously served as Superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Home of Theodore Roosevelt) in Oyster Bay, NY for five and a half years where he secured funding and managed the planning and design of the major rehabilitation of Theodore Roosevelt’s family home and cultural landscape. His National Park Service career has also included stints at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island National Monument.
Tom's career has focused on a management philosophy of partnership development and working beyond the park's boundaries in telling our nationally significant stories while promoting heritage tourism, economic development and the arts. “Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has an outstanding partnership program and is connected to so many different communities,” said Ross. “I look forward to spending time here furthering those relationships and strengthening the community connections that have already been established and developing new opportunities for cooperation and collaboration with our neighbors.” One of the top priorities for the Acting Superintendent is to help guide the park through its recovery from two winter storms that devastated parts of the park in March 2018.
Ross holds a B.A. in History and B.S. in Geography from Bridgewater State College and M.R.P. (Regional Planning) from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. He also completed the USDA Graduate School’s Executive Leadership program and holds a certificate in Leadership Decision Making from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Back at home in NJ, Tom is active with several community organizations and serves in a professional capacity on a number of boards of directors. He and his wife Kerrie and their two sons reside in Morristown.