CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK — Leah McGinnis, a 25-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been named superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
McGinnis is currently the chief of staff at Grand Canyon National Park. She reports for duty at Capitol Reef on June 16, replacing Al Hendricks, who retired in 2012.
"Capitol Reef National Park is an amazing resource with a rare beauty and I am honored to have been selected as superintendent," McGinnis said in a prepared statement.
McGinnis joined the NPS in 1988 at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where she worked in the communications center. In 1993, McGinnis accepted a position at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as the dispatch supervisor. She later initiated the park's fee collection procedures.
In 2000 she was the fee program manager of Grand Canyon National park and rapidly advanced to other leadership positions in the park. In 2012, McGinnis was appointed as the park's chief of staff.
McGinnis is a native of Montana. She graduated from Montana State University in 1993 with a degree in business management. She is married to Mike McGinnis who currently serves as the deputy chief ranger at Grand Canyon National Park. They have one adult son.