Dr. Franzidis, Dr. Herstine (program coordinator), Mr. Nix, Dr. Seaman, Dr. Spivey.
The Mission of the Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management baccalaureate program is to provide students with a comprehensive educational and practical experience thereby producing exemplary, competent and ethical professionals qualified to work and lead in the leisure industry and make positive contributions in their community. Graduates from this program serve as qualified professionals providing leisure opportunities and experiences for individuals from all walks of life to enhance their overall health, well-being and quality of life. The program faculty are highly qualified, experienced and committed to student success. The program curriculum meets the highest standards of academic rigor, professionalism and ethical conduct. Students enrolled in the program participate in faculty research, international and domestic travel opportunities and experiential, applied and service learning experiences. The program’s core values are honesty, ethical behavior, innovation, creativity, responsibility and engagement. The program’s public and non-profit concentration prepares students to work for municipal, county, state and federal parks and recreation agencies, YMCAs, YWCAs and other public and non-profit organizations. The program’s recreational sports leadership concentration prepares students to work in university campus recreation and intramurals, YMCA athletic programming, sport athletic associations and other athletic and fitness related organizations. The program’s tourism, hospitality and events concentration prepares students to work for travel agencies, cruise ships, convention and visitor centers, theme parks, event planning agencies, resorts and other tourism, hospitality and event planning organizations.