Mike Wilson, a 25-year veteran of Arkansas State Parks, has been named Region 4 supervisor for Arkansas State Parks, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. Wilson has served as park superintendent at DeGray Lake Resort State Park since 2010.
“Mike Wilson’s extensive experience and abilities will serve the State of Arkansas well as he oversees the operations of the Region 4 State Parks. He is a talented, proficient park professional exhibiting 25 years of outstanding service to Arkansas State Parks,” Spann said. “Mike is knowledgeable in all areas of park operations, from lodge operations, budget preparation, supervision, human resource development and management, from public relations and resource management to law enforcement. He will do an exemplary job managing this region.”
Spann noted that Wilson possesses diverse management experience including financial management, supervising and scheduling staff, and event planning. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, is a certified and commissioned law enforcement officer and an emergency medical technician and has completed numerous department training programs and workshops. Under his leadership, DeGray Lake Resort received the FY15 Region 5 Park of the Year, FY14 Region 5 Park of the Year and Outstanding Park Maintenance, FY13 Outstanding Hospitality, FY12 Region 5 Park of the Year, and FY11 Region IV Park of the Year awards. Mike also was recognized as the 2008 Man of the Year from the Star City Chamber of Commerce and received an Award of Merit in 2005 from the Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to his six years as superintendent at DeGray Lake Resort, Wilson was superintendent at Cane Creek State Park for seven years, a park ranger at DeGray Lake Resort for seven years, a ranger at Jacksonport State Park for three years, and a ranger at Lake Chicot State Park for one year.
Spann said because of Wilson’s experience, excellent communication skills and abilities, he is well prepared for his Region 4 responsibilities and that “he is a successful, proven leader who gets results.”
Wilson said, “I have been afforded the opportunity to assist a diverse group of awesome state park teams who are dedicated to exceeding our park visitors’ expectations. Arkansas State Parks are a primary building block to our beautiful state’s tourism industry, but more importantly, they provide places of opportunity for our guests to create their own fond memories. I am excited about my new role as Region 4 supervisor and eager to serve.”
Wilson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. As Region 4 supervisor, Wilson will be responsible for the supervision of 13 state parks covering the southwestern region of Arkansas. Wilson replaces Shea Lewis, who is now Region 5 supervisor. Wilson assumes his responsibilities this month. His office is located within Historic Washington State Park.