Dale Larsen, Professor of Practice and Director of Administrative Operations for the Arizona State University College of Public Programs, has been a manager in the parks and recreation field for 4 decades. Formerly the Director of the Phoenix, Arizona, Parks and Recreation Department, where he was responsible for the executive administration of 1,000 full-time personnel and a $90 million operating budget. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level coursework in management, leadership and community organization at ASU. Dale was a President of the American Academy for Parks and Recreation and served as a Chairman for the Commission for Parks and Recreation Accreditation. He is a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and advises the City Parks Alliance. Dale is married to his bride Christine for 41 years and is a proud father and grandparent who practices never growing up.