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Park Service Staffer Gets Top Job at Wolf Trap

It’s a promotion for Wolf Trap State Park Assistant Superintendent for the Performing Arts, as Ken Bigley has been named to the top position.

The announcement was made on October 3. Bigley succeeds George Liffert, who was appointed superintendent of Prince William Forest Park in 2021.

“Ken brings a wealth of leadership experience to this role and has already shown a commitment to working in partnership and engaging communities,” said Kym Hall, National Park Service’s National Capital Regional Director. “Ken’s dedication to the mission of the National Park Service and his appreciation of the unique qualities of Wolf Trap make him an excellent steward and leader for this special destination.”

As superintendent, Bigley will work with the park’s longtime partner, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, to provide memorable, state-of-the-art performing arts experiences at the Filene Center and family-friendly activities at the Children’s Theatre. -in the woods. He will also lead National Park Service staff in conserving the Wolf Trap natural landscape for its environmental value and for people to enjoy hiking, bird watching, educational programs and just being there. ‘outside.


Bigley has served as Deputy Superintendent since 2016, Acting Superintendent since May 2021 and begins his new position immediately.

“Wolf Trap provides incredible opportunities for people to enjoy the arts and nature in a national park,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding park team and partners at the Wolf Trap Foundation to preserve Wolf Trap, expand our reach and programming, and connect more people with the outdoors.”

Bigley began his career as a resource assistant with the Student Conservation Association at Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico) in 1991. He has served at numerous national park sites including the Grand Canyon (Arizona), Mammoth Cave (Kentucky), Chamizal (Texas), and Everglades (Florida) before serving in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as a finance specialist and later in the US Forest Service as a budget officer.

He also served as the National Park Service administrative officer at Bandelier National Monument (New Mexico), Big Bend National Park (Texas), and, in Virginia, at Prince William Forest Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

A graduate of Harvard College (undergraduate) and University of Colorado Denver (graduate), Bigley said he enjoys hiking, history, watching baseball and visiting national parks across the country with his three daughters Kate, Lauren and Sarah, and his wife, Lisa, who works at the National Park Service Accounting Operations Center.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is one of 432 national parks overseen by more than 20,000 National Park Service employees.