Montana State University is going to give Yellowstone National Park's superintendent an honorary doctorate degree in letters.

The park's superintendent Dan Wenk has headed the place since 2011. He manages more than 2.2 million acres, deals with millions of visitors and has a staff of about 800.

MSU says Wenk supports land-grant universities and has deepened the relationship between Yellowstone's research unit and faculty and students.

Wenk "has reinforced the long-standing ties between Yellowstone National Park and our university, strengthening MSU's status as the 'University of the Yellowstone.” University president Waded Cruzado said.

Wenk is set to receive the degree on Dec. 16 during MSU's fall commencement.

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