Ronald Tipton Named CEO of Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Published Jul 17, 2013

Ronald Tipton, ATC

Newly appointed Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director and CEO Ronald J. Tipton

The chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's (ATC) board of directors, Bob Almand, says Ronald J. Tipton was selected to be the new executive director and chief executive officer, as of late August 2013.

Mr. Tipton thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1978.

Mr. Almand said, "Ron has the passion, management experience, and advocacy skills that the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking for, plus a strong connection to the Appalachian Trail and the Trail community. His high standards and experience will help move the organization forward to serve the next generation of Trail users."

Mr. Tipton is currently the senior vice president for policy of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Mr. Tipton responded by saying, "I feel incredibly privileged and honored to be asked to be Appalachian Trail Conservancy's executive director/CEO. Since I hiked the Trail I have served as a volunteer for more than 25 years with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and helped found the Appalachian Long Distance Hiker's Association. I am especially proud of working with people like Ed Garvey and former ATC executive director David Startzell to secure permanent protection through public ownership of the Appalachian Trail corridor from Georgia to Maine."

According to information released by the ATC, Mr. Tipton has spent most of the past 30+ years as an advocate for public land preservation and national park protection. Since 1978 he has been a part of the advocacy and/or management team of four non-profit national conservation organizations: The Wilderness Society, National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

Mr. Tipton is the recent past President of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, an organization founded and supported by Episcopal parishes in the DC metropolitan area to provide counseling to individuals who want to improve their lives.

He has been a member of the board or governing council of numerous recreation and trails organizations, including:

  • ATC
  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and
  • the Benton MacKaye Trail Association.

We wish Mr. Tipton well as he leads or influences the thousands of volunteers and dozens organizations that preserve the heritage of the Appalachian Trail.

The ATC's best idea in years, in our humble opinion, is their Appalachian Trail Community Program, led by Julie Judkins.

Click Here for ATC Community Details

The ATC currently has over 43,000 members, a vast network of over 6,000 volunteers, and an operating budget of $7.3 million.

The ATC is dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the world's most famous long-distance hiking Trail, providing outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors. Founded in 1925, the ATC is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and has regional offices in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The ATC is both a confederation of 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs, with assignments to maintain the Trail, and a membership organization with support from all 50 states and more than 15 foreign countries. Under agreements that date back to the 1930s, buttressed by federal legislation, the ATC leads a cooperative management system for the Trail in close cooperation with federal, state and local agencies and Trail-maintaining clubs.

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