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Every year, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at NCSU honors an Outstanding Alumnus. This award is presented annually to an individual who has earned at least a B.S. degree from the department; has been a practicing professional for at least ten years; has made a recognized contribution to the advancement of parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession on a local, state, or national level; has demonstrated service to his or her community; and has recognized contributions and accomplishments related to his or her current or previous position.

We are excited to recognize Jennifer Zuckerman MacDougall as the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus.


Jennifer MacDougall

Jennifer Zuckerman MacDougall received her Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Summa Cum Laude in 1995. She was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and completed her Master’s degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management in 1999. She went on to work at NC State University’s Recreation Resources Service, where she helped parks and recreation agencies across the state develop partnerships for the benefit of community health. Jen has also worked in a variety of North Carolina nonprofits including the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Special Olympics North Carolina, and North Carolina Amateur Sports. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Advisory Board and is a member of the Green Community Schools National Advisory Board and the National Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Innovation Collaborative. Jen has also served on the Steering Committee for the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force and the Statewide Prevention Task Force. She joined the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina in 2006 where she now works as a Senior Program Officer for Healthy Living. Her focus is to lead the Foundation’s efforts on increasing access to safe active environments and on providing sources for healthy, locally sourced food. These investments include a strong focus on early childhood development and food systems.

See a list of previous recipients:

The Outstanding Alumnus Archive