The department is proud to recognize Jan Warren-Parker as the Fall 2010 Outstanding Alumnus. This award is presented annually to an individual who has earned at least a B.S. degree from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at NCSU; 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.
This year’s recipient really had no choice but to make her career in parks and recreation – It had to be in the family DNA! Jan’s father, Dr. Roger Warren, is a former department head of the NC State Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department and sister, Lynn Warren, is the Assistant Superintendent – Recreation Division, Raleigh Parks & Recreation.
The entire family has a love of the outdoors and so it was just a logical next step to graduate from NC State in May of 1980 and begin a career that would span 30 years in parks and recreation.
First as a program director and then only two years later, promoted to director of the Craven County Recreation Department. The Craven County Recreation Department has flourished under her leadership for three decades.
While director, she developed Creekside, West Craven, Latham Whitehurst, and Cove City Parks and made sure that her department was a leader in providing recreation programs to all people and for all ages.
She was chosen the Craven County Department Head of the Year in 2009.
In addition to her full-time job, she has been a leader in her profession. Region II Chair for many years, 2001 NCRPA State Conference Chair, Registration Chair for Craven County Special Olympics and Event Manager for Boccee and Croquet for the Neuse River Senior Games!
Her leadership skills and the respect of professionals all across this state, brought her to the position of President of NCRPA in 2006. That, plus hosting the conference in New Bern that year, increased the respect she received from her colleagues and recreation professionals across the state.
Her love of sports is shared with her husband, Jack, and sons, Jackson and Jason, as they participate under her watchful eye. She is an active member of the Beech Grove United Methodist Church and being a Relay for Life team leader is one of the many community volunteer events for which she finds time.
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management honors itself as we honor Jan Warren-Parker with the Fall 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award.