Texas A&M University distinguished professor selected prestigious Piper Professor

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. John Crompton, distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences at the Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been selected as Piper Professor of 2012 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Dr. John Crompton was recently selected as a Piper Professor for superior teaching at the college level by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. (Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences photo)

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation is a Texas-based nonprofit founded in 1950 for the purpose of supporting charitable, scientific or educational undertakings, according to organization materials.

In 1958, the foundation began to include the annual award of Piper Professors for superior teaching at the college level. Ten Piper Professors are selected each year on the basis of nominations submitted by colleges or universities throughout Texas. Participation is by invitation only, and candidates must be nominated through the president’s office of their respective educational institution.

“Dr. Crompton is very deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Alan Sams, executive associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in College Station. “He is an excellent teacher and scholar with a worldwide reputation in his discipline. Dr. Crompton has a unique talent of teaching with rigor, but in a way that students find meaningful and enjoyable.”

Recognition of Crompton’s selection as a Piper Professor includes a certificate attesting to his selection, an honorarium and a gold pin commemorating the selection. Award presentation will take place at a time and location designated by the office of Texas A&M University president Dr. R. Bowen Loftin.

“Teaching at Texas A&M for 38 years has been a privilege,” Crompton said. “I am profoundly grateful to the students who have been so receptive and generous in their responses to my efforts; to my faculty colleagues who have been so encouraging and supportive; and to both my department heads and COALS administrators who have striven to provide the resources needed to facilitate good teaching.”

In addition to being a distinguished professor of recreation, park and tourism sciences, Crompton is both a Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M.

Crompton completed his undergraduate work at Loughborough College in England. He attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a master’s degree in recreation and park administration in 1968. In 1970, he earned a second master’s degree in business administration from Loughborough University of Technology.

He came to Texas A&M in 1974 and received his doctorate in recreation resources development in 1977.

Crompton previously taught graduate and undergraduate courses in both the recreation and parks department and the marketing department at Texas A&M, but now exclusively teaches in the recreation, park and tourism sciences department.

His area of specialty is marketing and financing relating to public leisure and tourism services, and he has authored or co-authored 16 books and numerous articles related to his field.

Crompton is the recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Distinguished Professional Award, National Literary Award and Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Research Award, as well as the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal. He also has received Distinguished Colleague and Distinguished Teaching Awards from the Society of Park and Recreation Educators, plus the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s Travel Research Award.

During his tenure at Texas A&M, Crompton has received the Bush Excellence Award for Public Service, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station’s Faculty Fellow and Senior Faculty Fellow Awards for exceptional research contributions, the University Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, and the University Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching.

He also has served as a member of the board of trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association for nine years. He is past president of four professional entities: the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators and the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

Crompton’s civic involvement in the city of College Station has resulted in the city naming the 16-acre John Crompton Park after him in 2006, as well as his election, then re-election in 2008, to the College Station City Council.


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