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Announcing the 2023 Candidates for the AAPRA Board of Directors

Deadline for Voting is August 12, 2022

Dear Academy Members, one of your greatest responsibilities as an Academy member is to vote in our annual election of our Board of Directors. This year electronic ballots will be sent via email to AAPRA members. Please follow instructions within the email and indicate your candidate of choice for each office by Friday, August 12, 2022. EVERY vote counts! The Nominating Committee recommended to the Board of Directors a stellar list of candidates for the offices of President-elect, Secretary, and Directors.  Please review each candidate’s bio and candidate statement and thank you in advance for voting. - Jane

2022 Finalists Announced for the National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation Management


Lacey, WA. (May 5, 2022) – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC continues its 20+ years as the proud sponsor of the National Gold Medal Awards program. See full press release

Nominations Open for Academy Membership April 6 - June 8, 2022

Individuals must be nominated for AAPRA membership by a current member, and they must secure two letters of support from additional Academy members. Requirements for membership include minimum of 15 years of experience at a high level of administration and a BS or BA degree. High level positions may be general manager, executive director, director, deputy director, superintendent with significant experience and oversight in parks, recreation, personnel, training, budgeting, planning, capital improvements, and marketing. Educator nominee must have attained the rank of full professor or served in a high level of academic administration. Practitioner and educator nominees must also be recognized as a leader through professional involvement, publications, major presentations, and honors and awards. See Member Nomination Form and the Urban Director Nomination Form apply. 

Members Asked to Vote on Proposed Amendments to AAPRA Bylaws


In February 2022 we emailed proposed bylaw amendments and mailed you a ballot to indicate your approval / disapproval of each amendment. We did not receive the required 50% of the members return their ballot so we are asking members again to vote approval or disapproval of the proposed changes. Your new ballot will be mailed Aprl 13. EACH vote is important. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than May 6, 2022 in order for it to count. These changes have been recommended by the Bylaw Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Several of these changes will enable the Academy members to vote electronically in up-coming elections. Please vote when you receive your mail ballot. View the proposed bylaws here. Questions may be directed to President Bill Foelsch, 973.326.7371,, OR Bylaws Chair Ray Ochromowicz, 630.418.0991,