Justin Bates is the new superintendent of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Stonewall and Waco Mammoth National Monument, the National Park Service recently announced. His first day in that role was Aug. 15. The Austin resident previously served as deputy superintendent of both parks.
“Justin brings a wealth of experience to this assignment,” said NPS Regional Director Mike Reynolds in a media release. “His knowledge of both parks as well as his focus on communication and collaboration will be a great asset to the teams that are working hard to care for these unique resources and provide an exemplary visitor experience.”
As deputy superintendent, Bates oversaw day-to-day operations and special projects, including efforts to rehabilitate the Texas White House Complex at LBJ National Historical Park.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to step into this new role and continue to support the great teams and partners at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and Waco Mammoth National Monument,” Bates said. “These parks preserve amazing and diverse resources and provide a wealth of opportunity to create relevant and engaging experiences for our visitors.”
Bates’ previous experience includes community planning for the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program based in Austin. In that role, he supported community-led conservation and recreation planning efforts across Texas. He also worked in local government planning roles on both the West and East coasts before joining the National Park Service.
Bates holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Along with spending time with his wife, Andrea, and son, Charlie, he enjoys biking, hiking, the outdoors, and live music.