William Woods University has created a new Division of Human Performance, adding a new major and realigning others, Betty R. Tutt, vice president and dean of academic affairs, announced this week. Marshall Robb, assistant professor of physical education and health sciences, has been named to oversee the department.
“This program is representative of the innovative, professions-oriented programs of study for which William Woods is noted,” Betty R. Tutt, vice president and dean of academic affairs, said.
The announcement comes just as a new building, the Center for Human Performance, is being completed adjoining the Helen Stephens Sports Complex. The facility, which will be open for the start of fall classes Aug. 26, will house the new department, which includes the physical education and athletic training programs, as well as a new program in sports management.
“The sports management program is specifically designed to meet the needs of students interested in a career in athletics and sports,” Robb said. “For those wishing to continue their education, sports management will help prepare them for graduate programs in the areas of exercise science and sport administration.”
According to Robb, the program is designed to prepare students with the necessary communication skills, management, marketing and public relations skills to become successful managers in sport-related agencies. These could include professional sports, motor sports, YMCA/YWCA’s sport arenas, commercial recreation facilities, fitness centers, golf clubs and intercollegiate athletic departments.
“Community interest in physical fitness and wellness programs (e.g. YMCA) and corporate (e.g. AT&T, Mutual of Omaha) settings has resulted in a growing number of new fitness/wellness programs,” Robb said, “so students will have a wide range of career opportunities open to them with a major in sports management.”
Municipal recreation programs, private fitness centers, YMCA/YWCA’s, Jewish Community Centers, college athletic administration, residential and day camps, and corporate wellness centers are a few of the options he listed.
“Recognizing the growing interest in the field of sports management, WWU created a new major that relies heavily on interdepartmental cooperation,” Robb said. He explained that coursework would be a blend of sports management courses and business management courses. Sports management core requirements will be integrated with business management and marketing, business writing, accounting and computer science.
Students will have the option of earning a minor in communication, business administration, management or marketing. During their final semester, they will have the opportunity to complete an internship in a sport-related agency.