|February 16, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
John Hultsman, associate vice president and director of California State University, Bakersfieldís Antelope Valley Campus and professor of public policy and administration, has been elected president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.
The academy was created in 1980 by 30 founding members. Since then, more than 70 fellows have been elected to the academy in recognition of their outstanding contributions to knowledge about leisure and recreation.
Hultsman holds a bachelor of science in physical sciences from Kansas University, a masterís in recreation from the University of Missouri, and a doctorate in recreation from Indiana University. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
During the 1994-1995 academic year he was appointed the Arizona State University loaned executive to Phoenix during which time he conducted and wrote a comprehensive policy analysis of city youth programs and services that has helped restructure the design of youth services delivery by the city.
From 1991-1997 he was the editor of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administrationís Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, for which he was presented the Academyís Presidentís Award in 1997. He currently edits the Journalís Programs that Work section. Hultsman co-chaired the National Recreation and Park Associationís Leisure Research Symposium in 1996 and 1997.