Recreation Management

Mandy Harrison


Mandy Harrison, Director of Recreation Management

Office:  033 Holmes Convocation Center

Telephone: 828-262-6324

Fax: 828-262-3138


The mission of the Recreation Management Program is to prepare students to manage natural and cultural recreation resources in order to enhance the leisure experience. Through coursework and service activities, students gain understanding of the history, philosophies and theories of recreation and leisure. They develop knowledge and skills necessary to plan, promote, administer and evaluate recreation programs, facilities and services in a variety of settings. Students also have the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in the area of Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management, Recreation and Park Management or Outdoor Experiential Education.

The program has a faculty of eight full-time and five part-time professors with backgrounds and experience in the entire spectrum of recreation. A combination of classroom and hands-on experience with one-on-one counseling is emphasized. The over 200 students in the program lead a student organization, the Recreation Management Association, which has won campus-wide recognition for service programs and fund raising

The Recreation Management Program at Appalachian State University is fortunate to be located in the mountainous northwest corner of North Carolina. The region includes Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Rockies), the Blue Ridge Parkway, the New River (part of the Wild & Scenic Rivers System and an American Heritage River), Grandfather Mountain, four ski resorts, the Pisgah National Forest, and numerous recreation oriented resorts and private developments.

Appalachian is located in the Town of Boone, providing a scenic, small town backdrop for the campus of approximately 15,000 students. Year round recreation opportunities include climbing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, white water boating, fishing, and camping.


The Recreation Management program at Appalachian State University has been continuously accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 2001. COAPRT  recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.  COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession. COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation(CHEA). 



Recreation Management Faculty

MA, School Counseling, Appalachian State University
Convocation Center 032
Associate Professor
PhD, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
Convocation Center 022
Assistant Professor
PhD, Therapeutic Recreation, Clemson University
Convocation Center 033
MEd. in Recreation and Leisure Studies. The University of Georgia. 2001.
Convocation Center 032
Assistant Professor
PhD, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
Convocation Center HCC 0
Associate Professor
PhD, Philosophy in Education, Southern Illinois University
Convocation Center 034
Assistant Professor
Office HCC 051
Assistant Professor
PhD, Recreation Resource Management, Clemson University
Convocation Center 093
Associate Professor
PhD, Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University
Convocation Center 029

Health and Exercise Science

We are in the process of dividing the HLES department into two new departments:

  • Health and Exercise Science
  • Recreation Management and Physical Education

Visit our new Health and Exercise Science website if you are looking for information on the following degrees:

  • Athleltic Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Graduate Program

Browse this website for information on the following degrees:

  • Recreation Management
  • Physical Edcuation
QEP Global Learning

Visit the official website of the Appalachian State University College of Health Sciences


George Holmes CC
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32071
Boone, NC 28608

Interim Chair: Dr. Travis Triplett
Phone: 828-262-7148
Fax: 828-262-3138

Janet Moretz, Admin Sec: 3149
Brandy Cornett, Off Asst: 3139
Magdalena Anoufriev: 3141
Joshua Reese: 3048

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