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Tulipane to depart parks group; board seeks search RFPs

Ten-year CEO of National Recreation and Park Association to step down, executive recruiting firm proposals sought by June 30

Barbara Tulipane

June 22, 2018
By William Ehart

National Recreation and Park Association CEO Barbara Tulipane is leaving after 10 years with the group, effective when her replacement is hired, NRPA said in a statement June 11.

The board of the $17 million-revenue group is soliciting proposals from executive recruitment firms to assist in the search for Tulipane’s successor, with responses due by June 30.

Tulipane told CEO Update that she decided to retire after a year of deliberation.

“It’s not as easy as you think. It’s bittersweet,” she said.

Her most important accomplishments were raising the profile of NRPA and helping to change the perception of parks as places for ballgames, she said.