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Coordinator Hired for Program in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism at UW

August 23, 2017
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Dan McCoy

Dan McCoy has accepted a position as coordinator of a proposed Bachelor of Science degree program in natural resources recreation and tourism at the University of Wyoming.

Over the past year, the UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Business have worked with partners throughout UW and across the state to study and lay groundwork for the new degree program, which will launch in fall 2018, pending approval. As the program coordinator, McCoy will facilitate curriculum development, continue to develop partnerships throughout Wyoming, teach courses and oversee the establishment of this proposed degree.

The Haub School and the College of Business envision the new B.S. in natural resources recreation and tourism as a transdisciplinary program incorporating elements of business, recreation, tourism, human dimensions of natural resource use and environmental studies. The program will emphasize such areas as tourism, outdoor recreation and hospitality theory and best practices, entrepreneurial and business management strategies, ethical leadership principles and stewardship of natural resources.

The degree is being designed with involvement from stakeholders across the state who have an interest in bolstering Wyoming’s outdoor recreation and tourism economy by educating new entrepreneurs and leaders.

McCoy comes to the position from UW Campus Recreation, where he has served as assistant director since 2008, and where he has led the Outdoor Program since 1999. He holds a B.S. in recreation management from the University of Montana and an M.A. in adult and postsecondary education from UW. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s semester in Patagonia and is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational administration from UW.

McCoy also has worked as a field instructor for several outdoor adventure organizations and has taught courses for the Division of Kinesiology and Health and for the Haub School at UW. He will begin in his new role as natural resources recreation and tourism degree coordinator Aug. 28. The position has been made possible by a generous gift from a private donor.

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