Robert Stanton was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 15th director of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1997 and served until the end of the Clinton Administration. He most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior. Since beginning his career in 1962 as a park ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, he has dedicated his life work to improving the preservation and management of the nation’s rich and diverse natural and cultural resources. He has held key management and executive positions at the National Park Service, including Park Management Assistant, Park Superintendent, Deputy Regional Director, Regional Director, Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director.
Stanton has been actively engaged with a number of national conservation organizations and initiatives, having co-founded the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation. He has been nationally recognized through numerous awards and citations for outstanding public service and leadership in conservation, historic preservation, and youth programs, and has been awarded five honorary doctoral degrees. He has a B.S. from Huston-Tillotson University. Stanton is currently a visiting university lecturer and private consultant in national park administration, natural and cultural resource management, and diversity in employment and public programs.
Stanton's previous interactions with the ACHP include serving on President Obama's transition team for the agency and participating in the joint ACHP-NPS-Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership initiative "Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student" service learning project at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.