Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Sue Black

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Sue Black

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SUE BLACK, the director of parks, recreation and culture for Milwaukee County, is used to setting goals and achieving them. However, after an amazing year in 2009 where Milwaukee County won two awards (the National Gold Medal Award and the Kudos Award for marketing) and Black herself won two prestigious honors (the Rose Award and induction into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration), she isn't sure what is left on her to-do list to accomplish.

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"I set a goal and go get it," she says. "It keeps me focused. After winning the Gold Medal in Salt Lake City, I am really in a reevaluation time."

Black always operates with an end goal in mind, While attending school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she changed her major from engineering to recreation resource management, and set out to become the youngest, and the first woman state parks director for her home state of Wisconsin. But first, she knew she needed state park experience, She soon found that in Arizona, where she served as chief of operations for that state's park system from 1993 to 1997. After working there, she secured the job of director of state parks for Wisconsin in 1997, and achieved both of her goals. …

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