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Cal Poly Professor Elected Fellow in Academy of Leisure Sciences

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Bill Hendricks, professor and head of Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration Department, was recently elected and inducted as a fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in Las Vegas.

The Academy of Leisure Sciences recognizes fellows as outstanding scholars for their contributions to the intellectual advancement of the field. Hendricks is one of four individuals elected from 14 nominees from throughout North America. 

“What sets Dr. Hendricks apart, and what makes him so deserving of this honor, is that he has done great justice to a professor’s responsibility while serving primarily as an academic administrator,” said Dan Dustin, a University of Utah professor who nominated Hendricks. “He has made time in the midst of his administrative duties to mentor students, attend to scholarship, fund that scholarship, recruit and build strong faculty, and position his academic department as one of California’s best. He is a wonderful ambassador for the work we do at the local, regional and national levels.”

Election as a fellow requires a two-thirds majority vote of active fellows in the Academy of Leisure Sciences. Nominees must be engaged in the leisure sciences professions for more than 10 years. They also must have contributed to the profession’s body of scholarly literature, be involved in professional organizations, and have demonstrated outstanding performance as a teacher, leader, administrator, practitioner or researcher.

About Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department

Students gain expertise in a wide range of areas, including event planning and management; hospitality and tourism management; outdoor recreation management; sport management; and community recreation management. Graduates of the program have started their careers at such organizations as the San Francisco Giants, George P. Johnson Experiential Marketing, California State Parks, Visit San Luis Obispo County, and The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, Calif.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranchland, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology.

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