Bill Hendricks

Bill Hendricks is a professor and head of the Experience Industry Management Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His research interests include park and recreation management, human dimensions of natural resources, wilderness education, and natural resources based tourism. His experience in the parks, recreation and tourism field spans more than 25 years as a park ranger, employee in the ski industry, and educator. He is currently a member of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism, the California Foundation for Parks and Recreation Board of Trustees, the Cal Travel Board of Directors, and the Visit California Research Committee. He co-chaired the 2005 and 2006 National Recreation and Park Association Leisure Research Symposium and served on the 2006 NRPA Congress Program Committee. Hendricks has been a recipient of the Partners in Action award from the USFS Rocky Mountain Region, the USFS and International Journal of Wilderness Excellence in Wilderness Management Research award, the Park Rangers Association of California Honorary Lifetime Member and Professional Citation awards, the 2002 Cal Poly College of Agriculture Dole Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, the 2000 Cal Poly Distinguished Faculty Service-Learning Award, the 2005 University of Utah, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Honored Alumnus award, the District 8, California Park and Recreation Society Lifetime Achievement award, the 2012 Cal Poly Distinguished Scholarship Award and induction as a Fellow, The Academy of Leisure Sciences. [updated 05/2017]