Aug. 24, 2015

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly Professor Named as One of Five Up-and-Coming Professionals

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Keri Schwab, a professor in Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, was recently named one of five up-and-coming professionals by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Schwab’s key industry involvements and her thoughts on the future of the parks and recreation industry were highlighted in the 50th anniversary commemorative edition of Parks and Recreation Magazine, the association’s official publication. The article can be accessed online at

“I am honored to be recognized as a future leader in the field,” Schwab said. “I wholeheartedly believe in the power of leisure, recreation, sports, tourism and outdoor experiences to change lives for the better, and I am committed to sharing my passion, experiences and knowledge with students.”

Schwab, who earned a doctorate from the University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, has research interests in youth development, community recreation and family leisure. She has presented her research nationally and internationally.

“Keri Schwab arrived at Cal Poly with exceptional credentials,” said Bill Hendricks, head of Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department. “Her rise as an up-and-coming young scholar has been nothing short of meteoric. She is contributing to Cal Poly’s reputation nationally and is taking steps to raise our stock internationally as well.”

About Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department
Students gain expertise in a wide range of areas, including community services management; event planning; outdoor, adventure and resource recreation; sport management; and tourism planning and management. Graduates of the program have started their careers at some of the industry’s most compelling organizations, such as the San Francisco Giants, Pebble Beach Resorts, the U.S. Forest Service, and Costa Azul Adventure Resort.

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