Christopher R. Edginton is the R.J. McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies in the School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services at the University of Northern Iowa.
From 1991 to 2010, he served as professor and director of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services. In 1985, he founded the nationally award-winning Camp Adventure™ Child and Youth Services program.
Since its inception, the program has provided contracted services for children and youth worldwide.
From 2004 to 2014, he served as secretary general of the World Leisure Organization, a nongovernmental organization operating in consultative status with The United Nations.
He is the cofounder of the Global Forum for Physical Education Pedagogy (GoFPEP), a worldwide social movement aimed at rethinking, reframing, and refocusing physical education pedagogy and the training of health and physical education teachers.
Edginton has authored over 350 articles, over 30 books, and over 30 chapters in books.
He has been identified as the leading proponent of the application of contemporary management concepts in the park and recreation field.