“I Knew I Wanted to Lead my own Department in the Future”

By Cindi Wight, CPRE, MR | Posted on July 8, 2014

“I knew I wanted to lead my own department in the future.” These were the exact words Cindi Wight, CPRE, MR wrote in a blog post in May 2013 about her intoxicating, incredible experience at Directors School. Six months later her aspiration became a reality…

Great news!  

Since I last posted on the NRPA blog, I have been promoted to the department head position for our city. I strongly believe that the decision that I made back in 2010 to apply to Directors School made the difference in landing the position just this past November.


Cindi-Wight-Directors School-ExperienceFrom Directors School I went off to grad school, met some amazing professionals and it opened my horizons to raising the bar for our community. 

I can't say enough how important the networks are that you build at Directors School.  

In so much of what I do, I turn to my “D-school” colleagues: I am analyzing a contract for a building project and will reach out to a colleague who is a planner for his community to have his help reviewing; I am in the process of looking at a parks foundation and connections from “D-school” are helping me through the process; once we start on the CAPRA accreditation  path, I have several “D-school” colleagues that have since gone through the accreditation process and they will be invaluable help! 

In turn, I hope that I can "pay it forward" with support and advice to others. 

Stretch your comfort zone, apply for Directors School and be ready for an experience of your life!


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Cindi Wight, CPRE, MR,  is the recently promoted Superintendent of Rutland Recreation and Parks Department in Vermont.




Editor’s Note: Applications for Year 1 and registration for Year 2 of NRPA’s Director School is currently open. Directors School takes place in August at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.