Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Tony Mobley - 2010

Dr. Tony Mobley received a bachelor’s from Georgetown College in Kentucky and a master’s from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary before attending Indiana University to receive a second master’s degree, this one in Recreation in 1960, and an ReD degree in 1965. He continued on as faculty before becoming Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (now called the School of Public) in 1976, a position he then held for 26 years before retiring in 2002. During this period the school more than doubled its enrollment, increased its research productivity and visibility, and expanded its influence in virtually all areas of its instructional, scholarly and public service missions.

Fundraising initiatives resulted in the establishment of eight endowed chairs and professorships, and the disbursement of more than $100,000 in student scholarships each year. International exchange agreements were forged with 17 universities around the globe.

Dr. Mobley has held leadership positions, including presidencies, of numerous national associations such as the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Sport and Dance Professionals. He led the effort to establish a national accreditation program for academic park and recreation departments that was recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, located in Indianapolis.