Randy King today will be named superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park. He has been deputy superintendent at the park since 2003
King has been serving as acting superintendent since July when Dave Uberagua left to become superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park.
King will assume his new role beginning Nov. 6.
“Randy … is extremely familiar with the park, its partners and staff, and has demonstrated success in building partnerships and solving problems,” Chris Lehnertz, director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, said in a statement.
“In the course of making the decision to select the next superintendent at Mount Rainier, we asked about the key leadership ingredients that the park management team and other employees felt were necessary for success,” he added.
“I believe that we have found the right mix in Randy, with deep knowledge of park issues, understanding the park’s complexities, strong leadership skills, ability to listen, confidence in speaking to the park’s mission and the larger NPS values and … a personal commitment to the growth of each and every employee in the park.”
During his 34-year Park Service career, King has worked at six national parks – including Acadia and Yellowstone – and the Intermountain Regional Office. He also took part a six-month work exchange between the Alaska Region and Western Australia’s Department of Conservation and Land Management. King and his family lived in Denham, Western Australia, where he served as the district operations officer for Shark Bay World Heritage Area and adjacent national parks.
During his nearly 11 years at Mount Rainier, King served acting superintendent for 15 months in 2009-2010.
King is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in park and recreation resources. He and his wife, Sally, and their three children, Mackenzie, Dylan and Skylar, live in Eatonville.