James M. Juran, '03 Named Manager of Ohiopyle State Park
“Jim’s strong qualifications were honed during his stay at the Laurel Hill complex and they are an excellent match for the challenges he faces at the heavily visited Ohiopyle,” said DCNR Secretary John Quigley.
Juran will oversee the largest of Pennsylvania’s 117 state parks. Approximately 665,000 visitors are drawn annually to the 20,499-acre Ohiopyle, which serves as a gateway to the Laurel Highlands. More than 25 miles of the Youghiogheny River pass through the heart of the park, offering some of the best white-water boating in the Eastern United States.
“My wife and I are very excited about moving to -- and raising a family in -- Ohiopyle,” said Juran. “I look forward to the challenges of managing Pennsylvania's largest state park and working with park staff, volunteers, the boating and biking communities, and the Borough of Ohiopyle.”
Juran replaces John S. Hallas, who was promoted to the regional park manager’s post for the Bureau of State Parks’ Region 2, covering western Pennsylvania.
The new Ohiopyle State Park manager began his career with the Bureau of State Parks in 2004, first serving as a park manager trainee at the bureau’s Region 1 Office in Emporium, Cameron County. He had been assistant manager of the Laurel Hill park complex since 2005.
Juran, 34, a native of Penn Hills, Allegheny County, majored in recreation and park management at The Pennsylvania State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 2003.
A veteran of five years service with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Juran attained the rank of sergeant while serving as a cavalry scout.
He and his wife, Tricia, are expecting their first child in November.
For more information on Ohiopyle and Pennsylvania’s other 116 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.