Member Biography

Randy Auler

??Randy has devoted his professional career to building, sustaining, and improving parks and recreation systems throughout the Midwest. His agencies have been honored three times with the National Gold Medal award from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), having served in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

Randy is a long-time member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and holds the Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification. He has served as a visitor team lead, advisor and mentor for the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Randy currently serves as the director for the nationally recognized Parks & Recreation Department in Westerville, Ohio. He has served on the leadership team of the department in Columbus, Indiana and as head of the departments in Wentzville, Missouri, Carmel, Ind. and in Novi, Michigan.

With more than 41 years in the parks and recreation profession, Randy is a recognized leader in strategic planning, organizational development, partnerships, and alternative funding. Under his leadership and as a member of multiple staff teams, Randy’s work has been recognized by national and state awards for parks and facility planning, recreation programming and communication and marketing. Additionally, Randy has been named the recipient of the Outstanding Government Achievement Award issued by the St. Louis (Missouri) Metropolitan Regional Council and the Outstanding Leadership Award issued by the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association. Randy has served in various leadership positions with NRPA, State Associations and service organizations. He has been an invited speaker at regional, state, and national conferences, and is a published author in industry trade publications.

In Indiana, Randy served on the Great Lakes Park Training Institute Board and served on the Indiana University Executive Development Program Board of Directors. He was the state conference co-chair of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association and on the Board of Directors of the Hoosier State Game.

In Ohio, Randy has been the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) state conference fundraising chair and on the state conference program committee. He served on the OPRA Foundation Board of Directors for three years, including as chairperson in 2015.

In Westerville, Randy is responsible for more than 355 employees and an annual department budget exceeding $14 million. In working with the Westerville Parks Foundation, he has helped to raise over $2 million in private donations. The department is a five-time gold medal winner, most recently in 2019, and a CAPRA-accredited agency. Randy managed the development and opening of a multi-million-dollar municipal aquatic center. In its opening season, the center more than tripled sales of season passes and successfully integrated a full series of environmentally friendly features to absorb or reduce stormwater run-off and reduce facility-wide energy consumption. In addition, through Randy’s leadership, the citizens of Westerville passed a renewal levy with a three to one margin, more than six years before its expiration which led to the more recent $23 million community center expansion project. The project added 45,000 square feet of space with trend setting amenities from adventure fitness to a warm water pool. The Community Center has reached an all-time high in pass holders since the completion of the expansion project.

Randy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation from Murray State University and a Master's degree in Parks & Recreation Administration from Indiana University.