Directors School

Aug 27, 2017 - Sep 01, 2017

West Virginia


The nation's premier leadership development program for park and recreation executives.

Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.  The curriculum is based on the Agency Accreditation (CAPRA) standards and the reading material will be Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, edited by Betty van der Smissen, Merry Moiseichick and Vern Hartenburg.

The 2016 school will be offered August 27 – September 1, 2017 in Wheeling, West Virginia at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.

To qualify for acceptance, candidates must be one of the following:

  • A current park or recreation director;
  • A current park or recreation assistant/deputy director; 
  • A mid-level manager being groomed for a park and recreation director position.


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The three sponsoring organizations are the Oglebay National Training Center, National Recreation and Park Association, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University.