New Faculty Fellow Wayne Freimund


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    New Faculty Fellow Wayne Freimund

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    Dr. Wayne Freimund has joined IORT’s coalition of faculty fellows and has signed on to USU’s Moab campus as professor of outdoor recreation and tourism. Freimund is a nationally recognized expert in national park management, focusing on collaboration, capacity management and people’s connection to place. He comes from Clemson University, where he was chair of the parks, recreation and tourism management department.


    During his career, Freimund has spearheaded numerous studies for the National Park Service with the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Program and has a continued interest in the effects of mass transit (such as buses and trams) on national park operations and the visitor experience. 

    Freimund’s roots are in the west, at the University of Montana, where he served as interim dean and professor of parks and protected area management. He served for seven years as director of the Wilderness Institute.


    “I’m really looking forward to settling into work in this community. Moab offers exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation, and faces remarkable challenges—whether it be increasing crowds on slickrock trails, tough decisions in the face of climate change, or keeping parks accessible to all types of people,” Freimund said.

    IORT's Faculty Fellows collaborate on research, teaching, and outreach projects to contribute to the mission of producing information, data and knowledge for a better understanding of the challenges and consequences associated with outdoor recreation opportunities on public and private lands.

    “We feel privileged to welcome Wayne,” said Jordan Smith, Director of the Institute. “He offers a wealth of experience and insight that will benefit our efforts, and enhance the outdoor recreation program in Moab.”