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Last modified: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Eppley Institute director named academy fellow

Oct. 28, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration has selected Stephen A. Wolter, executive director of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, as a 2008 fellow.

Wolter has served the park and recreation field since 1978, contributing to the field, encouraging scholarly efforts and promoting broader public understanding of the park, recreation and public lands management field. At the Eppley Institute, Wolter leads major programs in technical assistance, research, training and education and planning. He has been the primary architect of the Eppley Institute's outreach, technical assistance, research, training and education efforts for the National Park Service, various state and many local agencies across the nation.

Assigned to the School of HPER Dean's office from 2003 to 2006 as executive director of Development and Communications, Wolter was responsible for highly successful fundraising and communications programs. His considerable experience in the area of philanthropy, marketing and public relations is transferrable to the park and recreation field.

Wolter has a master's degree in Recreation and Park Management from IU and an Urban Studies baccalaureate degree from the University of Minnesota. He teaches leadership, philanthropy and fundraising, public policy and information technology classes at IU while consulting with various public park and recreation agencies in his primary role as executive director of the Eppley Institute. He has been responsible for more than 60 major presentations, seven awards, 25 publications and more than $8 million in grants while at IU. Wolter was honored at the AAPRA's annual dinner along with 2008 Cornelius Amory Pugsley award winners.

The AAPRA exists to advance knowledge related to the administration of parks, recreation and conservation in the nation, and is dedicated to research, education and service. It is limited to 180 fellows world-wide; Wolter was one of eight fellows named to the Academy in 2008.

Further information on the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration can be found at Wolter can be reached at 812-855-7083 and