Tech Alum To Manage State Parks System

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Jon C. Brown will serve as the next operations manager for the Arkansas State Parks system.

Brown will assume his new duties on Aug. 1. He has served as a regional supervisor for Arkansas State Parks for the past eight years.

His experience also includes stints as the superintendent at Mount Nebo State Park and Lake Dardanelle State Park.

Brown graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and parks administration.

He was a finalist for the State of Arkansas Outstanding Employee award in 2004 and he is a past recipient of the State Parks Director’s Special Commendation for his work in developing and expanding the volunteer program at Lake Dardanelle State Park.

“I love getting up in the morning and going to work, visiting with park visitors and employees and helping park staff achieve our mission,” said Brown in a news release from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. “I feel that working for and with Arkansas State Parks has been a blessing.”

In his new role as statewide manager of Arkansas State Parks, Brown will oversee day-to-day operations for Arkansas’ 52 state parks and work to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the 8 million people who visit them on an annual basis.

Brown succeeds Mac Balkman, who is retiring after 39 years with Arkansas State Parks and 15 years as manager.

“Jon Brown is the right choice to take over management of operations for Arkansas State Parks,” said Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks director. “He is a knowledgeable park professional with over 32 years experience in Arkansas State Park management. Jon’s outstanding leadership, problem solving abilities, communications and management skills and his accomplishments and awards are why he was selected for the position.”