Meet the Board – Suzanne Lewis, UWF Historic Trust

SuzanneSuzanne Lewis completed her 34-year career with the National Park Service in 2011. The last 9 years spent as the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park where she managed the largest park operating budget in the National Park System ($36m), provided leadership for more than 800 park staff and administered 2.2 million acres of park lands, visited by more than 4 million people annually from around the globe.

During her 34 year career Suzanne served as the Superintendent for Glacier National Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Fort Caroline National Memorial, as well as Christensted National Historic Site, Buck Island Reef National Monument and Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, located in the US Virgin Islands. Suzanne began her career at Gulf Islands National Seashore located along the northwest coasts of Florida and Mississippi.

Throughout her National Park Service career Suzanne has been recognized for her numerous achievements in providing environmental leadership that resulted in addressing long term environmental issues throughout the National Park System. As the Superintendent for several large park sites Suzanne established the vision and planning needed to address significant environmental impacts affecting water quality, air quality, hazardous material(s) clean up and achieving significant reduction in unacceptable environmental impacts. Suzanne has served as a keynote speaker and instructor throughout her NPS career for subjects ranging from park leadership, political and business acumen for Park Managers, as well as environmental stewardship.

Suzanne was recognized by the Secretary of Interior in 2011 for her preservation leadership with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the Department. In addition, she received the Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executives in Federal Service in 2010. That same year, 2010, Suzanne received the Rachel Carson Award from The National Audubon Society which recognizes women who provide outstanding environmental leadership in our nation. Suzanne is a graduate of the JFK School for Government at Harvard University, as well as Carnegie School for Executive Leadership. Suzanne is very proud to have earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. 

Suzanne has traveled extensively to assist other nations in the protection and preservation of environmental and historic lands and resources including; Haiti, Costa Rica, Africa and Sweden. Suzanne has continued her interest and dedication to public lands and environmental preservation programs through her board positions with the Sonoran Institute (Tucson, Arizona), University of Florida Historic St. Augustine Inc. and the University of West Florida Historic Trust.  In January 2018 Suzanne was appointed to a second 5-year term on the UWF Board of Trustees.  Suzanne enjoys fly fishing, golfing, and producing pottery in the studio she shares with her husband, Michael Hurrell, a stain glass artist in East Hill.