The Umstead Coalition 
Celebrating Umstead State Park since 1934!

Dwayne Patterson named NC State Parks Director, effective June 28 2018

06/28/2018 1:48 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

From Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

I am pleased to announce the new Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation.  Dwayne Patterson will be moving from his current role as Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to serve as our State Parks Director effective Thursday, June 28th. 

Dwayne understands the important role that parks and trails play in improving health and quality of life, and will work to expand access to parks throughout North Carolina, especially among children.  His extensive leadership experience, along with his operational and financial background, make him a great fit to lead the department’s largest division.

Prior to his recent 14 months as Chief Financial Officer for the department, he was Executive Director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency in Fayetteville that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.  He has also been Chief Deputy Secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Chief Financial Officer for Warren and Durham County school systems, and Director of Operations for the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.  He was raised in Kinston and graduated with a BA in accounting from NC State University.

Please join me in congratulating Dwayne on his new role!

I want to thank Carol Tingley for doing an excellent job as Interim Director, and the division’s leadership team and entire staff for their hard work and professionalism during the transition.

Susi H. Hamilton

Secretary, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Umstead Coalition

We are dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Corridor.


The Umstead Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.