Jason Lott has been appointed as permanent superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced the selection of Jason Lott as permanent superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri. Lott has been serving as the acting superintendent since January following the retirement of Larry Johnson.
“I am pleased to welcome Jason as superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways,” Frost said of the selection. “Jason is an exceptional leader and he will work to develop strong relationships with the local communities and park stakeholders.”
“I’m very excited about joining the team at Ozark Riverways,” Lott said about the appointment. “The history, folkways, and rivers of the Missouri Ozarks are a special place, and I’m looking forward to working with the communities and staff for this opportunity to serve at the nations first scenic riverway.”
Lott, most recently was Superintendent for Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, has been with the National Park Service (NPS) since 2002. He previously served as the Superintendent for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona for three years, and as the Resources Program Manager for Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas for five years, where he was named the 2005 recipient of the NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park. In addition to being the Superintendent at Bandelier, Jason also serves as the NPS New Mexico State Coordinator. Recent honors include being the recipient of the 2018 Leadership Los Alamos’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2011 NPS Intermountain Region Director’s Award.
Jason is a twenty-year veteran with the Army National Guard, having served ten years as an enlisted soldier with a deployment during Desert Storm, and as an officer who served as a Company Commander for the 1086th Transportation Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Jason retired as a Captain in 2007.
Lott holds a master’s degree in History with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He and his wife, Wendy, and their two children are looking forward to exploring all the area has to offer.
Editor’s Note: Watch the Los Alamos Reporter for an additional story on the Lott Family.