Reed has announced he will retire on June 30 after 42 years with the National Park Service, including the last six at Mammoth Cave.
He was named National Park Service Superintendent of the Year for Natural Resource Stewardship in 2009 and Southeast Region Superintendent of the Year in 2006. He started out as a seasonal maintenance worker in 1969 at Mount Rushmore National Monument and became a permanent employee the following year, working his way up as he moved to parks in Wyoming, Missouri, California, North Carolina, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
At Mammoth Cave, he has overseen projects including construction of the rehabilitated visitor center, expected to serve visitors for the next 40 years.
Source: The Republic