Jonathan Jarvis

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Jonathan Jarvis
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Director of the National Park Service
In office
September 24, 2009 – January 3, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dan Wenk (Acting)
Mary A. Bomar
Succeeded by Mike Reynolds (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1953-06-26) 26 June 1953 (age 63)
Alma mater College of William and Mary

Jonathan B. Jarvis (born June 26, 1953)[1] served as the 18th Director of the United States National Park Service, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 2009. He retired from federal service on January 3, 2017. He was serving as regional director for the Pacific West Region when, on July 10, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jarvis for the directorship following the resignation of Mary A. Bomar on January 20, 2009, the day of President Obama's inauguration. A career civil servant, Jarvis had been with the service for over 30 years.[2][3][4]

Jarvis retired from his position on January 3, 2017; following longstanding precedent of retiring when a new president took office.

Prior to his work as regional director, Jarvis served for three years as the superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Washington. He was superintendent of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska during the 1990s.[5]

Jarvis graduated from The College of William & Mary, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, in 1975 with a degree in biology.[5]


Government offices
Preceded by
Mary A. Bomar
Director of the National Park Service
Succeeded by
Michael Reynolds