|Rowan helps a student fishing at the Constitution Gardens Pond in Washington, DC, at a fishing derby in 2012. Photo by Lavonda Walton/USFWS
“I’m just Rowan,” says Dr. Rowan Gould, the Service’s newly retired Deputy Director for Operations, when talking about a story on his retirement.
It doesn’t matter that in an email announcing the retirement Service Director Dan Ashe called him “our Glue Guy,” a basketball term that refers to players who consistently put the team first and do all the little things to enable it to succeed.
It doesn’t matter that twice Rowan served as acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or that he led the Department of the Interior’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as he had years earlier with the Service response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
And it certainly doesn’t matter that he has a room full of awards from his 38-year Service career, including the Presidential Rank Distinguished Service Award, the Meritorious Service Award and the Gold Secretarial Executive Leadership Award.
“There are so many people in the Fish and Wildlife Service,” Rowan says, who “have done more, better than I’ve ever even thought of.”