Cindi Wight has led the City of Rutland Recreation and Parks Department since November 2013. The department provides comprehensive Park and Recreation services to the small community of 16,000 residents along with the many small towns around it. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Cindi led the Recreation division for 13 years. Cindi started her professional career as the first Recreation Director for San Juan Island Park and Recreation District off the coast of Washington State. The opportunity on San Juan Island with a strong board shaped her career and set the stage for Cindi’s desire to be a strong professional. Cindi Is passionate about small town recreation and being a part of the fabric of the community.
Cindi served on the Vermont Recreation and Parks Executive Board for ten years. She served as Secretary and for the six-year President cycle that included two years as President. Following her state involvement Cindi became of member of the NRPA Administrator’s Network Leadership team; Hall of Fame Committee; and National Awards Committee; and she is a regent for the NRPA Supervisor’s Management School. Cindi is a visitor with CAPRA and served a 12-year position as the VRPA representative for the Northern New England Recreation and Park Conference. This included chairing the conference every three years.
Cindi holds a Master of Recreation and Parks Management degree, which she received from North Carolina State University in 2013. In 2013 she also became a Certified Park and Recreation Executive. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College. She is a graduate of the Revenue and Management School and the Director’s School. She is also a past recipient of the VRPA Theresa Brungardt Distinguished Professional Award and the New England Joseph Trapasso Programming Award. [August 2015]