Florida State University Campus Recreation has announced a reorganization that will strategically align the department to grow in the health and wellbeing landscape of collegiate recreation.
“The adoption of this new structure is an important step for FSU Campus Recreation,” said Chris Morris, Director of Campus Recreation. “This reorganization will help expand the value, quality and potential of our impact on the health and wellbeing of Florida State University students, faculty and staff.” The new structure includes a Senior Associate Director and three Associate Director positions, each of whom will oversee an intentionally crafted portfolio of integrated programs, facilities and services.
Michael Collins, who has served as the department’s Assistant Director for Competitive Sports Facilities and Sport Clubs, has been named Associate Director for Competitive Sports Programs and Facilities overseeing a portfolio that now includes Intramural Sports, Athletic Training, Sport Clubs and our competitive sports venues including the Rec SportsPlex, Main Campus Fields, and Westside Courts. Collins began working for Florida State University in 2006 as a Coordinator of Intramural Sports. Collins will also oversee departmental student staff development. He serves as the Chairperson of the Tallahassee Sport Council.
“Mike is a proven leader in student development and sports programming. He has led the expansion of our competitive sport rentals, making an economic impact of $1.2 million to the city of Tallahassee in 2018 alone, and driving significant departmental revenue,” said Morris. “We are thrilled to have Mike leading this sport-based portfolio.”
Darryl Lovett, who served as the department’s Assistant Director for Facilities, has been named Associate Director of Fitness Programs and Facilities. Lovett will oversee the expansive Fitness program, Dr. Bobby E. Leach Student Recreation Center, and the Fitness & Movement Clinic in the Coburn Center, which combined saw over 1 million visits last academic year. He will translate a keen eye for qualitative and quantitative detail into a lead role for the department in assessment efforts moving forward. Lovett joined Campus Recreation in 2010 as a Coordinator of Facilities, coming from a municipal facility background.
“Darryl is a long-time Campus Recreation and campus leader, bringing years of experience to facility upgrades and renovations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and a fierce commitment to student development,” said Morris. “Darryl’s tireless efforts to constantly improve and upgrade our primary recreation center allow it to stay at the center of healthy student engagement on campus.”
Jennifer McKee, who has served as the department’s Assistant Director for Reservation Operations and Risk Management, has been named Associate Director of Outdoor Programs and Facilities. McKee is a graduate of the FSU Higher Education Master’s Program, and later joined our professional staff as a Coordinator of Aquatics in 2002.
“Jen has been an integral part of our department since she was a student lifeguard in 2000. She brings an impressive record of progressive leadership and success with managing our aquatics program, our waterfront property, risk management for our many facilities and programs,” said Morris. “She is the perfect leader to run this combined team.”
David Peters has been promoted to Senior Associate Director. Peters will direct a team of three associate directors and the Campus Recreation programs and facilities that directly impact 30,000 different students each year.
Peters first joined Campus Recreation as an intramural flag football official in 1996, progressing in the department to graduate assistant before joining full-time as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports in 2002. He led the Intramural Sports program as Assistant Director beginning in 2006 then moved into the role of Associate Director for Fitness, Facilities, and Finance in 2013. Peters is respected as a leader in the collegiate recreation community and well-known for his public speaking skills including sports and weather broadcasts. He will serve as the program chair for the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Dave is results-oriented leader with enthusiasm and integrity that is unparalleled,” said Morris. “I have known Dave from his time as an All-American Flag Football Official as an undergraduate student and have been lucky enough to see his continued growth as a visionary and committed servant leader,” said Morris. “We are thrilled to appoint him to our Senior Associate Director position.”
The reorganization comes after the retirement of Pattie Malarney, beloved long-time Senior Associate Director. Malarney retired in December after twenty-four years at Florida State University.
FSU Campus Recreation strives to be a national leader in collegiate recreation and wellness, providing experiences that inspire lifelong wellness. The department provides students, faculty and staff with a variety of programming through fitness, outdoor recreation and intramural sports. Campus Recreation manages operations at six campus facilities including the Leach Recreation Center, Fitness & Movement Clinic, Rec SportsPlex, Main Campus Fields, Westside Courts, and FSU Reservation Waterfront Park & Retreat Center.
Find more information and upcoming events at campusrec.fsu.edu.
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