The New Super
I had the good fortune to meet Rob Arnberger, the
new superintendent, shortly after he arrived at the Canyon. In fact, I got to take him on
a fairly juicy ride through Kwagunt in the front of my dory. Great fun.
He is a gregarious, earnest and unpretentious man who prefers Rob
to Mr. Superintendent. He told me a bit about having come here from Big Bend
where he served as superintendent for the last few years, and about having grown up in the
NPShis father finished up his career as superintendent of Yosemite in the 70s.
He said GCRGs hue and cry about the need for a long term superintendent here was
heard loud and clear and that, yes, the Canyon does deserve continuity and yes, he plans
to be here for some timeas long as he can.
Rob related this tale. He was in Washington for a few days before coming to
his new post here, and he ran into and old friend that used to work at Grand Canyon. The
friend who, according to Rob, normally doesnt offer advice, said, Arnberger,
Im going to give you two pieces of advice. First, he said, pointing downward,
the Grand Canyon is down there.
Second, he said, pointing outward, theres a North
Rim. Its over there.
A few days after arriving at Canyon, he took the opportunity to join a river
trip. When asked on the ramp how he liked his park, he responded that it belonged to the
public and his job was to work for them.
A few days later, while hiking out of the Canyon with Tom Moody, he said,
Theres one very important thing I learned the last few days on the river. This
is my park and Im going to take care of it!
It looks like Grand Canyon may get the type of stewardship it deserves. We
Welcome aboard, Rob.