Past, Present, and Future: Perspectives From Two Lifetimes in Wellness and Recreation

Past, Present, and Future: Perspectives From Two Lifetimes in Wellness and Recreation

Recorded On: 03/05/2021

What does the COVID-19 pandemic mean for your College/University athletics and recreation facilities? What can we do right now to help ensure the safety of our communities using these facilities? Will anything ever go back to how it was before? What does it look like to remain safe and still provide these resources? What changes will live on beyond the pandemic? What will fall away after serving their temporary purpose and what will remain in place long after we can all return to group settings safely?

When you face an unprecedented situation, it helps to know lifelong experts are here to offer support and suggestions. Join TMP Architecture’s Senior Vice President and co-leader of the firm’s sports and recreation design group, Dave Larson, as he interviews two life-long university recreation facility experts about what’s happening with on-campus athletics and recreation facilities.

The three talk about what they’ve learned, what they wish they had known, and are here to give you their professional insight into what they think is next for the world of college/university athletics and recreation facilities.

Learning Objective(s)

1. Gain insight into the career pathways of three different professionals, all with unique experiences in the college/university recreation facility space.

2. Describe different ways the COVID-19 pandemic impacts campus health and fitness facilities.

3. Apply practical solutions to mitigate risk.

4. Evaluate the future of health and fitness facilities and postulate in what ways the current COVID-19 pandemic will permanently impact these spaces.

David Larson, AIA

Senior Vice President

TMP Architecture, Inc.

I am a Senior Vice President of TMP Architecture and the co-leader of the firm’s sports and recreation design group. I have over 44 years of architectural design experience, 38 of which have been with TMP leading the firm’s efforts for aquatics and sports / recreation projects, completing hundreds of new construction and renovation projects for this complex facility type. 

I am actively involved with NIRSA, Athletic Business, and MRPA, often serving as a juror, presenter, and exhibitor. I have an extensive history of presentation and public speaking experience related to municipal, recreation and sports-related projects.

Education Background: Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University

George Brown

Assistant Vice Provost and Director of University Recreation and Wellness

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dr. George M. Brown has served in Student Affairs and Collegiate Recreation and Wellness for over 35 years.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1982 from Trinity University and his Master of Arts in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1983 from Miami University.  He completed his Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion in 2010 from The University of Alabama.   He has served in many leadership roles and presented on numerous occasions within NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation) and is a current and active member of the ACHA (American College Health Association) and NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).  During his 29 years at The University of Alabama he served on the Student Affairs Executive Council and chaired the Student Health Advisory Committee over multiple years.  He presently is co-chairing the NIRSA Health and Wellbeing Task Force. 

He currently serves as an Assistant Vice Provost in the Office for Student Affairs and is on Leadership team for the Division as well as Director of University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC).  His research interest is holistic wellbeing in higher education.  At UMTC he oversees and directs a comprehensive University Recreation and Wellness department with 55 full and part-time staff in addition to over 800 student employees.  University Recreation and Wellness at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities annually serves 65% of the campus community and realizes 1.3 million annual visits to recreational and wellness facilities. 

Greg Jordan

University Recreation and Well-Being

Oakland University

Greg Jordan has been the director of University of Recreation and Well-Being at Oakland University since October 1996. He came to Oakland two years prior to the opening of the Recreation Center and was able to participate in and influence the construction of the facility, as well as develop the department from the ground up, hiring staff and developing the mission, vision and values of the program. Involvement in National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) has provided Jordan the opportunity to stay current and relevant with trends and issues within higher education. He has served NIRSA in many ways at the state, regional and national levels, serving as the president of NIRSA in 2006, along with multiple appointments to various boards and leadership groups. Jordan was also recognized as the recipient of the NIRSA Honor Award, the Association’s highest and most prestigious award, in 2017.

Education Background: 
MS; Indiana University
BS; Indiana University


Past, Present, and Future: Perspectives From Two Lifetimes in Wellness and Recreation
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0.75 NIRSA CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
0.75 NIRSA CEUs credits  |  Certificate available