SD: Custer State Park Names New Superintendent

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – Matt Snyder has been selected as the
new superintendent of Custer State Park. Snyder begins his duties
Dec. 19, succeeding Richard Miller, who is retiring after 11 years
with the park, the last seven years as superintendent.

“Matt’s extensive experience in park management and as the
operations manager for the state park system will serve him well at
Custer,” said State Parks Director Doug Hofer. “His knowledge of
business practices, experience in concession management and ability
to work with partners made him an ideal choice to lead the

For the past four years, Snyder has been the manager at Itasca
State Park, Minnesota’s oldest and one of its largest state parks
with over 32,000 acres and more than 100 lakes. Snyder served as
the South Dakota State Park’s Assistant Director of Operations for
eight years before taking the role at Itasca. He also previously
served as the manager of the newly-formed Lake Thompson Recreation
Area near Lake Preston.

“I am really looking forward to working with the park staff,
park partners, local chambers, and the entire Black Hills
community,” said Snyder. “It is an honor to be selected as the
superintendent of Custer State Park and a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to manage a park that epitomizes South Dakota and the
western spirit.”

Snyder is originally from Carroll, Iowa. He received his Park
Management Degree from South Dakota State University and a Masters
Degree from Michigan State in Natural Resources Administration and

Snyder and his wife Lenorr have four school-age children.


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