Terrence C. Porter
Terry Porter retired after 35 years with the Wilmette Park District in Wilmette, Illinois, in April, 2008 serving the last 22 years as the Director of Parks and Recreation. Answering to a seven member elected Board of Park Commissioners, Mr. Porter was responsible for the oversight of a multi faceted park and recreation system with 80 full-time and over 1,000 part-time staff members. The Wilmette Park District has been nationally recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation. The Wilmette Park District provides a wide variety of recreational facilities including a swimming and sailing beach on the shores of Lake Michigan; a recreational complex with a state of the art aquatic center, eight indoor tennis courts, and indoor ice skating facilities; a 100,000 square foot full service community center; and an 18 hole golf course with a modern clubhouse and dining facilities. During his tenure, the Park District has either acquired or renovated all of the community’s recreational facilities. Mr. Porter was also responsible for the maintenance of over 300 acres of open parkland.
Mr. Porter was instrumental in the establishment of a self-insured health insurance pool, which now consists of 77 participating Park Districts insuring over 1,600 individuals. He also has extensive experience in working closely with the other units of local government to provide top quality governmental services in a cost effective manner to serve the residents of the community.
Following his retirement from the Wilmette Park District, Mr. Porter took a position with the PAR Group and subsequently Voorhees Associates. Mr. Porter specializes in executive recruitment for park and recreation agencies. Included in searches performed are: Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, West Suburban Special Recreation Association, Park District of Oak Park, and the Glencoe Park District.
Mr. Porter has served in interim leadership positions including the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association, Roselle Park District, Park District of Highland Park, and most recently the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
Mr. Porter has a long history of involvement and leadership in community based volunteer organizations including the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association Board of Directors, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Foundation, Village of Wilmette Police and Fire Commission, Wilmette Historical Society, and the Wilmette Rotary Club.
Mr. Porter received his B. A. from De Paul University. Porter is a graduate of the Illinois Park and Recreation Professional Development School.