Glacier Bay park gets new leader

A close-up view of Glacier Bay National Park
A scientist and 14-year Alaska resident has been named superintendent of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, one of the state’s leading tourist attractions and ecological marvels.

Susan Boudreau is now superintendent of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. She will take charge of the park next month, and following the recent retirement of Superintendent Cheryl Payne.

The 5,130-square mile park is about the size of the state of Connecticut, and has a $4.5 million annual budget with a permanent staff of 57 and an additional summer staff of 70.

The park has a diverse range of ecosystems supporting marine and terrestrial wildlife, with opportunities for exploration and research. The park also recognizes and perpetuates values associated with the Tlingit homeland, wilderness and solitude, according to the park service.

Boudreau has had numerous scientific and managerial positions in the park service, and has served as a district ecologist, forest ecologist, ecological monitoring program manager, and was previously chief of natural and cultural resources at Glacier Bay.

“Susan knows Glacier Bay and the neighboring communities well from her time there as the chief of natural and cultural resources, and she’s proven to be an effective leader in Skagway,” said Sue Masica, the park service’s Alaska regional director in a press release announcing Boudreau’s appointment.

Boudreau has been with the National Park Service for 24 years, and has been superintendent in Skagway since 2007 and said she was happy to be returning to Glacier Bay.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be selected as the Superintendent for Glacier Bay and I’m looking forward to being back in the community of Gustavus,” Boudreau said, also in a press release provided by the Park Service.

Boudreau is a graduate of Oregon State University, and has a bachelor’s degree in forest management and a masters in ecosystem ecology.

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