Fran Mainella, former National Park Service director, left, stands with 2013 Fran P. Mainella Award recipient Mary Gibson Scott and Clemson University College of Health, Education and Human Development Dean Larry Allen.

Fran Mainella, former National Park Service director, left, stands with 2013 Fran P. Mainella Award recipient Mary Gibson Scott and Clemson University College of Health, Education and Human Development Dean Larry Allen.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott was recognized for her exemplary leadership in addressing environmental issues at Clemson University’s George B. Hartzog Jr. Luncheon.

She received the Fran P. Mainella Award, given for sustained achievement by a woman in the management of North America’s natural, historic or cultural heritage.

In 2004, Scott became superintendent of Grand Teton National Park — one of the nation’s most high-profile national parks — after serving nearly 25 years in National Park Service positions across the country. Scott is one of 10 senior park managers and currently the only female Senior Executive Service superintendent in the 401-unit National Park System.

During her tenure in Grand Teton, Scott brought several major capital projects to completion totaling approximately $150 million. These projects included construction of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, the park’s premier visitor facility; the conveyance and opening of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve within the park; and a significant renovation of Grand Teton’s headquarters campus through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to reduce the park’s deferred maintenance backlog. Scott also advanced critical land acquisitions and directed more than a dozen National Environmental Policy Act planning efforts.

Among the other parks leaders and researchers honored at the luncheon were renowned ecologist and geographer Lee Talbot, recently retired Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Phil Francis, and S.C. State Park Service Director Phil Gaines.

Clemson’s department of parks, recreation and tourism management gives the Hartzog awards annually. The awards program, and an accompanying lecture series, is named for Hartzog, the seventh director of the National Park Service.

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