BYRON ó The Byron Forest Preserve District is pleased to announce that Mark Herman has been hired as their new Superintendent of Education to oversee the Districtís Education Department.
He brings over 20 years of experience in public programming, environmental education, history, outdoor recreation and special events management from several local organizations. Most recently, Herman spent seven years as the Curator of Education with Midway Village Museum in Rockford where he won state and national awards for excellence in innovative educational programming. He has also served as the Superintendent of Recreation with the Oregon Park District and is a member of the board of directors for the Chana School Museum in Oregon.
Herman earned a Master of Science in Education degree in Recreation Resources Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.
The Byron Forest Preserve Districtís mission is to provide for the Preservation of open space/natural resources, to provide Education concerning our natural environment/heritage and to provide Recreation opportunities and enterprise operations that are consistent with the Districtís goals. The District oversees over 2,000 acres of prairie, savanna, woodlands and riverfront land and manages the Jarrett Prairie Center Museum, Keller Education Center, Weiskopf Observatory and Heritage Farm Museum.