2012-11-01 / News

Topham Is New Park Manager on Mackinac Island

Sue Topham is the new park manager for Mackinac Island, announced Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks.

Her duties will include overseeing the maintenance and operational functions of Mackinac Island State Park, consisting of 1,773 acres, 70.5 miles of roads and trails, an airport, the governor’s summer residence, and more than 60 buildings, many of which are original historic structures.

She will begin her duties November 12, and reside on Mackinac Island year around.

“I’m very excited about working on the island and with the Mackinac State Historic Parks crew,” said Mrs. Topham. “Both my son, Asher, and I are looking forward to being part of the Mackinac Island community and my husband, Mark, is looking forward to visiting on the weekends.”

Beginning her career in 1980 as a seasonal park ranger at the Rochester-Utica Recreation area, She continued her career with the Department of Natural Resources and has previously served as park manager for Mackinac Island State Park in 1997. She holds a master’s degree in park and resource management from Michigan State University, a bachelor’s in parks and recreation management from Eastern Michigan University, and an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Macomb County Community College.

Mrs. Topham replaces former park manager Dan Cook, who retired October 12.

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