On behalf of the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) Board of Directors, I am thrilled to announce that Jacqualine Grant has accepted our offer to become GSEP’s next Executive Director. As GSEP prepares to enter its 20th year of service, we have found a dynamic leader capable of deepening our impact in protecting the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) through conservation, science, and education.
Jackie is an experienced project manager, museum curator, botanist, educator, and environmental scientist with expertise in the Seeds of Success protocol and native plant biology in the American Southwest. She is an accomplished scientist and fundraiser who has built international collaborations with diverse colleagues to complete complex studies and projects. Jackie is skilled in using her deep understanding of scientific study design, inference, and communication skills to translate intricate topics to the general public, legislators, and other stakeholders.
“I could not ask for a better next step in my career than Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP). I will use my experience as a teacher, scientist, and project manager at Southern Utah University to develop programs that will help GSEP embrace its role as the Friends Group of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and continue to excel in its work with Tribal and non-Tribal partners.”
For more than a decade, Jackie has been a Professor of Biology and Geosciences and Museum Curator at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Her tenure there included fundraising for critical research projects and curating all aspects of the Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History. She has taught General Biology, Genetics, Environmental Biology, Mammalogy, and Conservation Biology courses, preparing hundreds of students for conservation careers. She has a deep understanding of conservation science, which is rooted in her graduate and postgraduate training at Cornell University and in the David H. Smith Fellowship Program in Conservation Science.
Jackie will begin as GSEP’s Executive Director on January 2, 2024, and has already begun her transition into the role with the help of our outgoing Executive Director, Sarah Bauman. We are eternally grateful for the leadership and vision Sarah has provided since joining GSEP in 2019 and look forward to celebrating her accomplishments in a communication with you later in the year.
Thank you for your ongoing support of GSEP, especially during this time of leadership transition. I can assure you that the Board of Directors and our staff are committed to honoring and building upon GSEP’s years of success in protecting the Monument through science, conservation, and education.