Improving the quality of education on a cost-effective basis remains the No. 1 priority for Dr. Rick Green as he assumes the top leadership post in the School of Human Performance and Recreation at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Green, a faculty member since 1991, had served as interim director of the department since last August. He was promoted to permanent director in March of this year.
“Dr. Green, a full professor greatly respected by his faculty colleagues, stepped up last year to lead the School of Human Performance & Recreation during a period of transition,” said Dr. Mike Forster, dean of the College of Health at Southern Miss. “He’s done an excellent job, and I’m confident he has the vision, team orientation and other leadership skills needed for success in the challenging times ahead.”
For the majority of his time at Southern Miss, Green has been the sole faculty member with specific expertise in therapeutic recreation. He founded the ACCESSRecreation program, a service learning lab that provides experience for students and service to the community. The program won a national award for innovative programming in 2005.
Green recognizes the stern fiscal challenges that face all university departments as the economy struggles to recover. He is quick to point out that the School of Human Performance & Recreation delivers a quality education with minimal costs.
“Right now we are focusing in on surviving this budget crisis, but I hope to be ready to move forward fairly soon,” said Green. “Since we are already a large school in terms of numbers, my focus will be on improving the quality of education while continuing to be cost effective and working with the faculty as a group to achieve a balance between scholarly productivity and excellence in teaching as reflected in identifiable learning outcomes.”
The School of Human Performance & Recreation is one of the larger and more diverse schools within the university serving more than 900 majors at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. The school offers programs in athletic training, exercise science, kinesiotherapy, physical education pedagogy, recreation administration and therapeutic recreation, sport coaching education, sport management, and sport and high performance materials (in conjunction with the School of Polymer Science).
For more information about the School of Human Performance & Recreation call 601-266-5386 or visit www.usm.edu/hpr/index.php
Longtime Southern Miss professor Rick Green has been named director of the School of Human Performance & Recreation. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)
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