HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The executive director and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is stepping down.
The conservancy announced Monday that Mark Wenger will be leaving effective July 1. To ensure a smooth transition, Steve Paradis, former chief operating officer of the ATC, will serve as interim executive director/CEO until Wenger’s position is permanently filled.
The board of directors expects to fill this position by the end of the year.
Wenger joined the ATC in 2012, replacing former executive director David Startzell.
The Appalachian Trail is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at about 2,180 miles in length. The mission of the ATC, a volunteer-based organization, is "to preserve and manage the trail — ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.”
Founded in 1925, the ATC is a national not-for-profit corporation. It is headquartered in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and has regional offices in Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
The ATC has a membership of more than 42,000 members, a network of over 6,000 volunteers and an operating budget of $7.3 million.
Visit the ATC website to learn more about the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.