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Marion Native to Serve as Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 01:56

penn_mildred.jpgThe Board of Directors at Grandfather Mountain have named their first executive director of the new nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.


Grandfather’s public relations director, Landis Wofford, said when August 1 rolls around, Penn Dameron will head up the Mountain’s new nonprofit organization.


Wofford explained when the Morton family sold almost 2,500 acres of the Mountain’s backcountry to the State of North Carolina, the transaction also included the sale of a permanent conservation easement on the attraction area.  The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation will operate the attraction and handle research, education, and conservation activities.


Dameron is no stranger to Grandfather.  He is a Marion native who worked at the Mountain while he was in college in the 1970’s.  Dameron pumped gas at the attraction’s entrance gate and helped with the “Mildred the Bear” shows.


Dameron also served a combined 30 years as a trial lawyer and Superior Court Judge.  Dameron worked with Hugh Morton by serving as Chairman of the Board of Western North Carolina Tomorrow and as a member of the Year of the Mountains Commission.


In a released statement, Dameron said, “I am excited about having a chance to work in a place that has always been special and magical to me.  I am excited to have the chance to work with people whose company I enjoy and whose values I admire.  It is exciting to commit myself to a purpose that is bigger and more important than I am.”


(Photo courtesy of Landis Wofford)


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