currently the longest serving state parks director in the nation.
“As director of the
state parks, Bortner took the division from preparing to close facilities to
consistently operating in the black with 98 percent of guests saying they
would recommend our parks to others,” the statement said. “Infrastructure
updated under Bortner’s leadership has led to improved campgrounds that are
typically full each weekend, and our state park inns have the highest
occupancy rate of any state park inn system in the country.”
increased public lands across the state park system, including the Trine
State Recreation Area in Steuben County and the state’s only underwater
nature preserve at Indiana Dunes State Park. In addition, he oversaw the
purchase of the Fort Harrison State Park Inn in Indianapolis.
Bortner earned a
degree in public affairs at Indiana University and serves as the president
of the National Association of State Park Directors.