Fort Ti hires executive director

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.

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