Michael Kirschman became director of the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department in March of 2018. He oversees the 56-year-old department's 293 city park sites, more than 7,000 acres of parks and natural areas, seven recreation centers, a municipal marina and an athletic complex. He also supervises 471 full-time and 897 part-time employees and handles a budget of almost $60 million.
A 1992 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., with a degree in environmental science, Kirschman didn't settle on a major until his junior year. He also has a master's degree in environment and community from Antioch University in Seattle, Wash.
"I liked all the sciences and what I call the 'ologies'," he said. "I really got into the park and recreation profession through the whole nature side of things … nature programming, nature-based recreation, which is a different track for a lot of park and recreation directors."
Before coming to Virginia Beach, Kirschman worked for the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in Charlotte, N.C., for 12 years, the last six as deputy director. He also held positions in the Geneva (Ill.) Park District; the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centerville-Washington Park District in Ohio.
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