Samuel V. Lankford

Samuel V. Lankford is professor and chair, Department of Recreation Administration, Fresno State University.

Formerly he served as a professor and founding director of the Sustainable Tourism and the Environment Program at the University of Hawaii and University of Northern Iowa.

He has a PhD with a focus in tourism 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 from CSU-Chico.

He was a board member for World Leisure for six years, the president and treasurer for Hawaii and Recreation Association, and the Northern California Educator Representative for California Parks and Recreation Society.

He was recognized as a Senior Fellow for the American Leisure Academy.

Dr. Lankford has been a practicing planner in both staff and consulting roles in California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, and Hawaii.

He has conducted planning, needs assessments, community impact studies, carrying capacity studies, and market research in those states and other countries.

He specializes in tourism and recreation development.