July 18, 2012 Edition

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Watts named new
park superintendent

Kristyn Watts has been selected as the park superintendent for Powhatan Historic State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts.

Watts, who has served as park interpreter for Powhatan Historic State Park since 2006, replaces Corinne Fletcher who retired on June 23 after 32 years of service with Arkansas State Parks.

Superintendent Watts assumed her new responsibility on June 23, and is responsible for all operations at the park.

"Watts has prepared herself for her new role managing Powhatan Historic State Park," said Butts. "She is a knowledgeable, energetic, talented and successful park professional with 10 years experience in the Arkansas State Park system."

In addition to serving six years as park interpreter, Watts has also worked as a personnel officer for the Human Resources Department for two years and worked as a park interpreter at Davidsonville Historic State Park for two years.

She was also a Student Conservation Association intern at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

"Superintendent Watts' outgoing personality, passion for her work and her achievements during her career are a testament to her success," Butts said. "I know she will excel in her new role at Powhatan Historic State Park."

Watts is a certified interpretive guide and trainer from the National Association of Interpretation, an emergency medical technician and has completed numerous park-management related training courses and workshops.

"I am looking forward to my time as superintendent. I hope to use the experience that I have gained over the past 10 years with the department to help Powhatan Historic State Park develop into the area's premier historic destination," Watts said.

A native of Cleveland, Watts received her bachelor's degree in biology/anthropology in 2002 from Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio.

She is a board member of the Arkansas Women's History Institute and is a member of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums and National Association of Interpretation.

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