News from the Grand Tetons - Mary Gibson Scott is retiring

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Posted by albee ( on 23:55:58 10/25/13

Scott to step down at park

By Mike Koshmrl, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 26, 2013

After nearly a decade at the helm, Mary Gibson Scott is stepping down as superintendent of Grand Teton National Park.

The 33-year Park Service veteran informed staff of her departure in an email Thursday afternoon.

So after 9 and 1/2 years, it is time for me to move on, she said.

I have given my all each and every day, she said, and learned from all of you about commitment, endurance and professionalism.

Her last day in the office will be Nov. 8. Because she has banked eight weeks of leave time, her retirement will become official Jan. 3.

Under Scott, Grand Teton National Park completed more than $150 million in construction and improvement projects. She led the charge on an award-winning multiuse pathway network, and added 1,286 acres to the park: the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and a Wyoming school trust parcel.

She also forged a sister-park relationship with Argentina s Los Glaciares National Park.

Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs lauded Scott.

She s taken Grand Teton National Park to new heights, she said, because of her vision and her energy and really her commitment to what is good and right for the park resources.

Above Scott s office door at park headquarters in Moose hangs a sign that reads, Is it in the best interest of the Park?

Others who worked with Scott called her a true champion for Grand Teton.

National Parks Conservation Association has valued Mary Gibson Scott s leadership over the many years, said Sharon Mader, the association s Grand Teton program manager. She truly has been a champion of park protection. ... She will be truly missed.

Outside of her day job, Scott kept plenty busy. She chaired the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee and the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. She also served on the National Leadership Council and St. John s Medical Center Foundation board.

While his appointment isn t yet certain, Scott has recommended that Grand Teton s second-in-command, Kevin Schneider, step in as the acting superintendent.

In retirement, Scott and her family will remain in Jackson Hole.

Roger and I are staying in this valley, she told employees in her goodbye letter, because these beloved mountains have become our home.

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