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Search for New Eppley Institute Director

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The search for a replacement for Steve Wolter’s replacement as Eppley Institute (soon to be the Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands) Director is open. Dr. Derek Nord, Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, has named a committee who is leading the search for a replacement after Wolter’s 25 years of service to Indiana University, the nation, and the Bloomington campus. Individuals interested in applying can complete requirements at

Wolter is retiring as Director of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands effective June 30, 2024. Wolter spent the last 25 years plus working at Indiana University leading Eppley and all its many programs including the National Center on Accessibility, Great Lakes Park Training Institute, Playground Maintenance Technician training, World Parks Academy, and proValens online learning system.  During his time at Eppley, the Institute was highly successful building important collaborations with various park and public land management agencies including the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), state and local park agencies, and non-profit organizations, as well as some international projects with the American Battle Monuments Commission, National Park and Recreation Association of Mexico, and World Urban Parks.