Jodie Adams

No picture - large sizePractitioner-in-Residence

Academic Interests

  • Parks, recreation and sports adminstration
  • Facility and event development and management

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Co-Author - School - Parks, A Case Study of Best Practices.
  • Co-Author - United We Play, Partnership Best Practices for Play and Recreation
  • Contributing Writer - Management of Park and Recreation Agencies - CAPRA/NRPA (2005, 2nd Edition) 

Previous Experience

  • Springfield-Greene County Parks Board - Retired Director of Parks - managed 102 parks, 40 facilities including a nationally known Zoo, Botanical Center, trail system and various multi-million dollar sports facilities. The park system is a National Recreation and Park Association accredited and Gold Medal Award recipient.
  • National Recreation and Park Association - Board of Directors
  • Past President of Missouri Parks and Recreation Association
  • Board of Directors - Past President of United States Olympic Commitee - Worked 2012 London Summer Olympics for TEAM USA and other USOC/CODP events
  • United States Tennis Association/US OPEN Tennis Championships - Past Board of Directors Retired General Manager of the professional tennis franchise - World TeamTennis - Springfield Lasers
  • College and High School Sports Official - 30 years  International and National Guest Speaker - at various univerities, conferences, and leadership trainings. 


 Springfield, MO


  • Traveling the world
  • Golf
  • Working out
  • Biking

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • As a Past President of National Recreation and Parks Association and Missouri Parks and Recreation Association - continue to focus on the development of network contacts and opportunities for MSU students in the business of Parks, Recreation, Sports and Facility management.
  • Continue to be an active member of the "Top 125" American Academcy of Parks Administrators/Educators in America.  -Continue To being involved in various campus and community projects.   

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