- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The president and CEO of the Glacier National Park Conservancy has stepped down after three years with the fundraising organization.

Mark Preiss had served as the conservancy’s first and only chief officer since the group formed in 2013. Spokeswoman Amy Dempster says Preiss has resigned for personal reasons.

The position will remain vacant until the group’s board of directors hires a replacement.

Board Chairman Mo Stein says since Preiss became CEO, the organization’s fundraising efforts and project funding have grown by nearly 50 percent.

The conservancy was formed in January 2013 as the result of a merger between the Glacier Natural History Association and the Glacier National Park Fund.

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