Labovitz new chief of Indiana Dunes Lakeshore
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 February 10, 2014 1:04PM
Paul Labovitz is the new superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park. He starts his new assignment May 18. | Provided photo
Updated: February 11, 2014 2:03PM
PORTER — National Park Service veteran Paul Labovitz is the new superintendent at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park. He begins his new assignment May 18, park officials announced Monday.
Labovitz is now the superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in St. Paul, Minn.
Labovitz, who began his park service career in Philadelphia in 1988, succeeds Costa Dillon, who retired in August.
Labovitz got a taste of the Indiana Dunes when he served as visiting superintendent for eight weeks last fall.
“I’m anxious to get started at Indiana Dunes,” Labovitz said in a statement. “Building on over a century of conservation work along Indiana’s Lake Michigan coast and helping set the course for the next century is very exciting.”
NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds said Labovitz’s background in urban parks is a plus.
“Paul is a communicator and a collaborator with strong skills in consensus building. His impressive leadership of large, dispersed, multifaceted organizations and his extensive partnership experience will allow him to craft a compelling new vision for the park,” said Reynolds.
Born in Camden, N.J. and raised in Philadelphia, Labovitz graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in forest service. He received his MBA in 1987 from Frostburg State University in western Maryland.
Labovitz and his wife, Sue Bicknell, have three grown children.
In St. Paul, where Labovitz has served since 2007, the park established a connection with the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures Program that provided introductory outdoor experiences to more than 50,000 students.