Robert G. Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, is a private consultant in conservation policy, planning and management. He is also a Senior Fellow at Texas A&M University in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at Howard University, Department of History-Public Program and a Professor of the Practice of Conservation (McCluskey Visiting Fellow) in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Stanton is active in professional and civic affairs and currently serves on boards of the Student Conservation Association, Inc., Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Environmental Law Institute, Grand Teton National Park Foundation, Natural Resources Council of America, Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation, Guest Services, Inc., the Newseum, and the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
Stanton also serves as a distinguished Associate of the Roundtable Associates, Inc.; Chair, National Council, National Parks Conservation Association; and Chairman Emeritus (and Co-founder) of the Trustees of the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Stanton grew up in Mosier Valley, one of the oldest communities in Texas founded by African Americans shortly after the Civil War.