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February 18, 2004

(Atlanta-AP) -- Albany native Patricia Hooks has been named the new director of the National Park Service's Southeast region. Hooks will be responsible for 64 national park sites in Georgia and eight other Southern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A lawyer, Hooks is the first black woman to head one of the agency's seven regions. Hooks had been the region's deputy director since September 2000. She will supervise a region with almost three thousand employees and a budget of $300 million a year.

Park Service Director Fran Mainella announced Hooks' appointment on Tuesday while visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

Hooks succeeds Jerry Belson, who after six years as regional director departed the post 18 months ago to become a special adviser to the director.

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