Distinguished Alumni Awards
W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Richard Killingsworth - 2015
Richard Killingsworth is the leading public health practitioner in the active living movement; one he launched while a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control in 1996. He has impacted hundreds of communities across the nation and has had the privilege of being interviewed by the Associated Press, USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, ABC News, NPR, PBS, and many other news outlets.
Mr. Killingsworth was recently appointed as the inaugural Executive Director for the Congressional chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. In 1984 his Unit was the recipient of the J.P. Holland Award (an annual award given to the U.S. Army’s best military police unit). In 1996, he received the Department of Army Superior Service Award (the Army’s third highest civilian award) or accomplished duties and leading team members to higher productivity.
He also serves on many national boards including the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Building Healthier America, Partners for Livable Communities, City Parks Alliance, and the Prevention Committee for the American Diabetes Association.
Mr. Killingsworth’s professional focus is dedicated to shifting the paradigm of how we envision and achieve change to improve the health of people and places. It is because of his commitment to servant leadership, civic participation, lifelong education, and a healthy lifestyle that he has influenced the lives of many people and countless communities across this nation.