Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State.
Formerly he served as professor, graduate coordinator, and doctoral intensive study area coordinator, and director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Northern Iowa.
He also taught at the University of Hawaii in the School of Travel Industry Management, and was the Coordinator of the Recreation and Leisure Science degree program from 1990-2001.
He has conducted training workshops in the U.S., Canada, The Netherlands, Japan, and Vietnam.
He has a PhD with a focus in community tourism and recreation planning and development, and a master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Oregon.
He holds a master of arts in recreation and park planning and a BA in geography/community and regional planning from CSU-Chico.
Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Hawaii, and Canada.
He has conducted park and recreation masterplanning projects, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.
He specializes in tourism, park and recreation development.