New Members Elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

Seven new members were elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration this year.

 Pictured (l-r): John Prue, Lisa Paradis, Michael Kalvort, Priscilla Geigis, Don Hoch and Terry Robertson (not pictured: Ellen Drogin Rodgers)

Pictured (l-r): John Prue, Lisa Paradis, Michael Kalvort, Priscilla Geigis, Don Hoch and Terry Robertson (not pictured: Ellen Drogin Rodgers)

They are:

· Ellen Drogin Rodgers, Associate Dean, George Mason University College of Education and Human Development

· Priscilla Geigis, Deputy Commissioner for Conservation and Resource Stewardship/Director of State Parks, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

· Donald A. Hoch, Director, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission

· Michael J. Kalvort, Recreation Services Director, City of Boca Raton, Florida

· Lisa Paradis, Vice President & Principal, 110%, Inc., Concord, Massachusetts

· John Prue, Installation Program Director-Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Department, Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois

· Terry Robertson, Associate Dean, California State University Long Beach College of Health and Human Services

The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of parks and recreation. They must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration, or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000. They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 active members.

Established in 1980, the Academy was formed to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators to enhance the practice of park and recreation admin­istration; promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and conduct research, publish scholarly papers and/or sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.

“The Class of 2018 is a great addition to the Academy,” said 2018 President Mark McHenry. “It is a diverse group – all with superior career experience and a dedication to improving the quality of life through the provision of high quality parks and recreation opportunities.”

More information on the Academy is available at www.aapra.org.