Westerville, Ohio, Parks and Recreation Director Randy Auler, a 1978 graduate of Fort Knox High School, has been elected into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Auler will be inducted at the academy’s virtual annual meeting this month.

The academy is a group of leaders in the field of parks and recreation, according to a news release announcing Auler’s selection. Recipients 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.

“I consider this the professional honor of my career,” Auler said in the release. “To join this prestigious group of professionals gives me an opportunity to have a touch on efforts that advance parks and recreation on a national level. This too is meaningful to my home community in Westerville, where there is such great support for parks, green spaces and recreational programming. I’m also grateful for the support and partnership of the teams I’ve worked with throughout my career. These exceptional professionals have helped communities grow into places where people can have the highest quality of life through parks and recreation.”