TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga has a new executive director.
Beth Hill, manager of a French and Indian War fort in Statesville, N.C., has been named to the post.
"Beth Hill arrives at the fort with the enthusiastic support of the board of trustees," said Peter S. Paine, Jr., president of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. "She brings a proven track record, enthusiasm and confidence to her new responsibilities."
She will begin work at Fort Ticonderoga May 1.
"I am honored and look forward to serving the many Fort Ticonderoga partners at the local, state and national levels," Hill said. "We will strive to offer a comprehensive historical experience that is diverse, authentic, relevant and engaging.
The fort is a significant and tangible link to how we, as a people, became America and has every reason to be the nation's most successful historic site," she said. "Fort Ticonderoga is indeed America's Fort."
Kelly O'Neil-Teer, who has been acting director at the fort the past 18 months, has been named deputy director.
Hill has been manager at Ft. Dobbs, the site of a French and Indian War fort in Statesville the past six years. While there she developed strategic and comprehensive site plans which provide the foundation for the capital campaign to reconstruct the fort.
"Beth Hill has the ability to write a vital, new chapter for Fort Ticonderoga as we move into the second decade of the 21st century," said Anthony D. Pell, vice president and treasurer of the Fort Ticonderoga Association. "We all found her enthusiasm and energy infectious and refreshing."
Trustee Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III of Essex, led the search for the executive director that attracted over 90 applicants from across the country and Canada.
Paine praised the work of O'Neil-Teer who led Fort Ticonderoga through a financial crisis in 2009.
"Indeed, 2009 saw the fort both operate with a small surplus and also dramatically reduce its indebtedness," he said. "Beth Hill and Kelly O'Neil-Teer will form a dynamic leadership team committed to excellence."
Hill is a graduate of Winthrop College in South Carolina and also holds a master's degree in history from American University in Washington, D.C. She has received awards from the North Carolina Museum Council.
Hill will come to Ticonderoga with her husband Scott, a supply chain management executive, and 9-year-old son Ethan.
Fort Ticonderoga opens on May 20 for its 102nd season with new tours and exhibits. The season will offer many events including the Scottish Festival, the French & Indian War Encampment and the Revolutionary War Reenactment. The entire calendar for the fort and the King's Garden can be seen online at www.FortTiconderoga.org.
Local residents may visit the fort free of charge.