May 21, 2007

RSU Names First Person to Head Sport Management Program

Dr. Susan PayneDr. Susan Payne has been appointed as Department Head for the Department of Sport Management at Rogers State University.

Payne’s appointment was recently approved by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents – RSU’s governing board. She will oversee the new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sport Management. The degree program will begin in the fall and will be part of the RSU School of Business and Technology. She will also serve as a professor for the program.

The RSU degree will be the first sport management degree program at a state university in Oklahoma. The sport management degree program includes classes across several disciplines including science, health and business. The program will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields including health clubs, senior living centers, collegiate and professional athletics as well as adventure travel.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Susan Payne to RSU. She brings talent, experience and expertise in building this type of degree program,” said Linda Andrews, RSU assistant vice president of institutional research, planning and assessment.

Previously, Payne served as the chair of the Department of Kinesiology at East Central University in Ada. In addition, she served as program coordinator for the graduate program in Sports Administration and the head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

“Dr. Payne’s education, experience, and enthusiasm ensure that she will provide outstanding leadership for the Sport Management program,” said Dr. Bruce Garrison, Dean of the RSU School of Business and Technology.   

“I am looking forward to the challenge of starting a new program and a new department – it is very exciting,” Payne said. “I am thrilled to be in on the ground floor.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Oklahoma Baptist University. Payne earned her master’s degree from the University of Wyoming and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University. Both graduate degrees are in exercise physiology.

Her research focus includes the effects of exercise on bone density, lactic acid training and the iron status of collegiate cross country runners. Payne’s scholarly work has been published in numerous journals.

The field of sport management is growing tremendously and there are countless job opportunities in the Tulsa area and across the nation for students, Payne said.

Through this program, students are educated for careers as administrators and managers in athletic, health, and country clubs, as well as entry-level management positions in college and professional athletic organizations. Additionally, students are prepared for a diversity of roles in the areas of sport marketing and promotions, facility management and planning, activity programming and event management.

Participants in the program may select a minor according to their employment goals and personal interests, including business, computer science, communication arts, corporate communications, radio-television, biology or chemistry.

For more information on the sport management program at RSU, call (918) 343-7635.