The National Recreation and Parks Association National Aquatics Branch welcomes a new president this week. Clay Shuck has been elected the 2010 president and will serve a one-year term. He officially takes office at the 2009 NRPA Congress in Salt Lake City.

“I am excited to begin my term as the President of the NAB,” said Shuck, facility coordinator at Colorado Springs (Colo.) Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. “The primary goal is continuing to align the NAB with the current strategic plan of NRPA. The NAB is a dedicated and passion group of individuals who need to have a viable and sustainable position within NRPA.”

According to Shuck, in addition to growing NAB membership, his specific goals include ensuring a successful 2010 Aquatics conference and moving the NAB “closure to achieving an Aquatics Manager certification.”

“I believe that ensuring a successful [NAB] conference in 2010, is critical to the NAB and aquatics professionals,” he noted. “Membership felt the impact of not holding a conference last year and felt that the professional development ‘piece’ was ‘missing.’ We need to be able to provide that missing piece for the NAB membership in the most cost effective and efficient manner as possible.”

To be considered eligible for the position of president, candidates must serve in a regional position with the NAB for at least two years. Shuck will follow outgoing president John Whitmore, Organizational Development Manager for the NRPA National Gold Medal winning City of Denton, Texas, who will officially serve for the next year as Past President.