Jonathan Jarvis

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Jonathan Jarvis
Jon Jarvis Older 2009.jpg
18th Director of the National Park Service
In office
September 24, 2009 – January 3, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDan Wenk (Acting)
Mary A. Bomar
Succeeded byMike Reynolds (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1953-06-26) 26 June 1953 (age 66)
Alma materCollege 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]

During his tenure, Jarvis faced criticism from Congress and watchdog organizations, claiming his oversight of the service failed to address a culture of sexual harassment and park mismanagement.[5]

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.[6]

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.[6]

On October 24, 2017, Jarvis was appointed as the executive director of UC Berkeley's Institute for Parks, People, and Diversity.[7]

Jarvis is a co-author of the book The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water (University of Chicago Press, 2018).[8]


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  2. ^ staff. "Obama Nominates Jon Jarvis to Head National Park Service".
  3. ^ "Obama Announces Choice for National Parks Director".
  4. ^ Hugh Vickery. "Jonathan Jarvis Confirmed As Director". Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  5. ^ "After seven tumultuous years, NPS Director Jon Jarvis retires". Grand Canyon News. 2017-01-10. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  6. ^ a b "William & Mary - W&M alum to be nominated as director of NPS".
  7. ^ "UC Berkeley taps former National Park Service director to lead new parks institute". Berkeley News. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  8. ^ Gary E. Machlis and Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The Future of Conservation in America". University of Chicago Press. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
Government offices
Preceded by
Mary A. Bomar
Director of the National Park Service
Succeeded by
Michael Reynolds