Striker leaves Rushmore job to take new position

Striker leaves Rushmore job to take new position Midwest Regional Director Ernest Quintana has announced that Donald F. Striker, superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, has accepted a new assignment as special assistant to the comptroller for the National Park Service (NPS)

He will be leaving the memorial to assist with the agency's transition to a new financial accounting system. Striker has served at the memorial since September 2002.

"The NPS is beginning to transition to a new financial system and Don is uniquely qualified to lead the agency through this process," Quintana said. "During Don's tenure, the park has strengthened operations and implemented a number of new security measures required since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

"Based on his work with Mont Rushmore's business partners, Superintendent Striker has also taken a significant leadership role in shaping the service's concessions policies, and his business savvy has been refreshing. His ability to foster partnerships, build constituencies and strategically plan for park operations and development, has served the park well," he said.

Striker will begin his new job immediately, working from Fort Collins, CO.

In his new job, Striker will draw upon his field experience to help resolve financial management issues facing parks and to assist with the implementation of the new Servicewide accounting system that the Department of the Interior is putting in place. His park operations expertise will be used to better analyze the budget needs of parks in a variety of areas.

"I've come full circle in the past 10 years. My first experience with the agency in Washington, DC, was overseeing implementation of a new accounting system. We'll miss the beautiful Black Hills and the truly wonderful people in South Dakota, but we are looking forward to new horizons in Colorado," Striker said.

He and his wife, Gretchen, have three children, Ryan, 12, Bobby, 10, and Kali, 9.

Prior to coming to Mount Rushmore, Striker served as superintendent at Fort Clatsop National Memorial near Astoria, OR. He was responsible for overall management of the replica fort and the scenic, symbolic, archeological, and historical resources in the 125-acre park. During his tenure, Striker creatively fostered partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders to move legislation that will expand the boundaries of the park significantly in time for the bicentennial commemoration.

Striker, who has a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania'sl Wharton School of Business, served for four years as the comptroller at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where he was responsible for coordinating all financial management activities and overseeing a $46 million per year budget. While at Yellowstone, Striker also led a team of graduate business students who pioneered the development of business plans for national parks.

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