Tracy Swarout has been named Acting Superintendent for Mount Rainier National Park, effective January 8, 2018. Swartout will replace Superintendent Randy King, who retires in January following a 40+ year career with the National Park Service (NPS), including the last 14+ years at Mount Rainier. Swartout will serve until the Superintendent position can be announced and filled.
In addition to working as Mount Rainier National Park’s Deputy Superintendent for the last five years, Swartout has held a variety of NPS positions throughout her 18+ year career, including stints in Utah, Washington D.C., and as Superintendent of Congaree National Park in South Carolina.
Swartout received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She also completed postgraduate work at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Graduate School.
Swartout shared, “I’m looking forward to carrying on the good work at Mount Rainier and supporting the park’s dedicated staff, our affiliated tribes, many park neighbors and partners, and our visiting public to provide access and enjoyment, while ensuring long-term preservation and protection of the natural and cultural resources entrusted to our care.”