- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The superintendent at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka has been named to lead a national park in California.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/WnmsG0 ) that David Smith will be leaving Topeka to become superintendent of the 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park in California, where he’ll oversee a staff of 150.

Smith has been superintendent at the Brown v. Board site for more than three years and takes over at the Joshua Tree National Park in September.

Stephanie Kyriazis, chief of interpretations at the Brown v. Board site, will be acting superintendent until the National Park Service names an interim superintendent.

Smith says he’s proud of the visit by first lady Michelle Obama in May and the educational outreach by the site’s staff during his tenure.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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