Harrisburg - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today named Dorothy Krupa as manager of the Shawnee/Blue Knob State Park Complex in Bedford County. She is former assistant manager of Presque Isle State Park, Erie County.
"Leaving our most heavily visited state park where her public relations skills shined, Dorothy brings a wealth of management experience and strong enthusiasm for public enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors," said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. "These qualifications can only enhance the experience of park visitors at Shawnee and Blue Knob."
Krupa will oversee 6,128 acres comprising Blue Knob State Park. Near Imler, the park is named for the majestic, dome-shaped mountain, Blue Knob, which, at 3,146 feet above sea level, is the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania. The park leases a downhill skiing area to Blue Knob Recreation Inc., which operates Ski Blue Knob, one of the most challenging ski resorts in Pennsylvania. An estimated 317,700 visitors are drawn to Blue Knob each year.
Krupa's complex is headquartered at the 3,983-acre Shawnee State Park, 10 miles west of Bedford. With its modern recreational facilities and 451-acre Shawnee Lake, Shawnee State Parks draws about 361,800 visitors a year.
"Since I've lived and worked in south central Pennsylvania earlier in my career, I am getting a chance to go back to one of my homes," Krupa said. "Shawnee and Blue Knob each have their own unique character and are very beautiful parks. I am so happy and excited about getting the chance to live and work there."
Krupa succeeds Tony Willoughby, who left state employment.
The new Shawnee/Blue Knob State Park Complex operations manager began her career with the Bureau of State Parks in 1992, first working as a seasonal park ranger at Canoe Creek State Park Complex, based in Blair County, and later at Lyman Run State Park, Potter County. Future assignments included a regional park manager trainee post in 1998, and manager of Chapman State Park, Warren County, in 1999. She had served at Presque Isle State Park since 2001.
Krupa, a native of Philipsburg, Centre County, holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife science from Penn State University. She served as law enforcement specialist with the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1986.
For more information on Shawnee, Blue Knob and Pennsylvania's other 118 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and select "Find a Park."