James A. Peterson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University.
Thirty years experience in recreation and park management field as leader, teacher, supervisor, and executive; two and one half years as recreation center director and citywide supervisor in Kansas City, Missouri; seven and one half years as Superintendent of Recreation in Emporia, Kansas; five years as superintendent of Recreation in Evansville, Indiana; fifteen years as Specialist in Recreation and Parks for Indiana-Purdue Universities; wide experience in training, supervising, organizing and developing all phases of community recreation and park programs.
Peterson was first appointed to the Department o Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University and Specialist in Recreation in Parks for he Cooperative Extension Services, Purdue University, in January 1967. This position provides an unusual opportunity to bring the resources of two major universities together on important problems in the park and recreation field. Work responsibilities include teaching on the I.U. campus and directing their highly successful Executive Development Program for park and recreation administrators. For Purdue University, major effort is concentrated in providing consultive services to local, park and recreation problems. This responsibility also includes the development of workshops and training programs for private and public recreation entrepreneurs of all kinds.
In addition to supervising county and community recreation studies throughout Indiana, Peterson participated as a private consultant for municipal park and recreation studies in Lafayette, Louisiana, Oklahoma City, and for the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California.
He is author of "Recreational Use of Airports and Adjacent Lands," published by the National Recreation and Parks Association. He co-authored a chapter entitled "Agency Management" in the International City Managers book, "Managing Municipal Leisure Services," and co-authored Recreation and Leisure the Changing Scene, with colleagues Reynold Carlson, Janet MacLean and Theodore Deppe, released in January of 1979.
Active in professional circles, Mr. Peterson is past chairman of the Great Lakes Regional Council of the National Recreation and Park Association; he was General Program Chairman of the National Recreation Congress in Phoenix, AZ in 1980; and was elected to the NRPA Board of Trustees in 1981.
Native of Elkhart, Indiana he received his bachelor's degree in social science from Hanover College and the master's degree in recreation and park administration from Indiana University.