A Tennessee native and veteran National Park Service employee is returning to his home state to lead Shiloh National Military Park.
Allen Etheridge was announced this week as the new superintendent of the park and will begin work in October.
As the park’s top official, Etheridge will be responsible for Shiloh National Military Park along with the Corinth unit of the park which includes the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center as well as other National Park Service properties in the area.
Etheridge replaces Dale Wilkerson in the top post. Wilkerson retired in December and Shiloh facilities manager Randy Martin has been serving as interim park superintendent since that time.
The new superintendent has served in the same role at the Southeast Arizona Group, which includes hiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National
Historic Site in Cochise County, Arizona. He has been with the park service for 30 years, beginning as a seasonal park ranger. He’s previously worked at Assateague Island National Seashore,
Everglades National Park, Natchez Trace Parkway and Big Bend National Park & Rio Grande
Wild and Scenic River.
He’s a graduate of the federal law enforcement training center and Middle Tennessee State University and a native of Tennessee.
“I am deeply honored to accept this remarkable opportunity to serve as the superintendent of Shiloh National Military Park,” said Etheridge. “The actions that occurred at Shiloh and Corinth and the resulting narrative is still relevant in today’s national dialogue. It is especially humbling to help preserve the hallowed ground and place of honor of the national cemetery. I look forward to working with the staff, partners and local communities in promoting and protecting these special places.”
“Allen’s expertise in conservation and historic preservation will be critical to the long-term stewardship of Shiloh National Military Park,” said South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Stan Austin. “The park, expanded by the 2019 John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, will benefit substantially from Allen's commitment to engaging broader audiences and gateway communities. I am pleased to welcome Allen back to the South Atlantic-Gulf Region.”