Tommy Willis

Hello Campus Recreation Enthusiast!

My name is Tommy Willis and I am one of the Co-Founders of the Campus Rec Podcast. I am originally from Atlanta Georgia and attended Valdosta State University where I began my career in Campus Recreation as a climbing wall route setter. From there I began taking on multiple roles within the program and discovered my love for all things Campus Rec.

Upon graduating with a Bachelors in History I obtained a Graduate Assistantship within a Campus Recreation Department, but ultimately made the decision to withdraw because my degree program was not what I was looking for. So I took some time off and moved back to Atlanta and found a great job working at the nation largest climbing gym. I began taking classes at Georgia State University for my Masters in Secondary Education, but as time went on I realized that I missed the life of Campus Rec.

After being out of Campus Recreation for almost two years I decided to throw my hat back in the ring and obtained a Graduate Assistantship at The University of Mississippi, where I received a Master’s in Higher Education/Student Personnel. Upon graduating I found a professional job at Morehead State University where I served as the Coordinator of Outdoors and the Interim Aquatics Coordinator for 2 years.

Following my service at Morehead State University I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at Eastern Kentucky University and currently serve as the Senior Assistant Director of Campus Recreation.

At Eastern Kentucky University I oversee the Health Promotion and Adventure Programs Department, while teaching classes within the Recreation and Park Administration Department. I have continued my studies within higher education and am currently looking to graduate with my EdD Fall 2019. My dissertation focuses on the overall level of strength and or effect a higher education Campus Recreation and Wellness Center has on addressing mental illnesses associated with mood disorders.

If you ever have any questions or comments feel free to email me at contact@campusrecpodcast.com