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May 3, 2019

Tapps selected for AASCU Emerging Leaders Program

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps

Dr. Tyler Tapps, a provost fellow and assistant director of Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Health Science and Wellness, has been selected to participate in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Emerging Leaders Program.

Tapps will join 24 other early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest and talent for higher education leadership June 1-4 in Washington, D.C.  

The program provides participants with an understanding of various aspects of the academy and how they relate with each other. The 3½-day seminar offers participants an opportunity to explore facets of the academy, engage in dialogue with experienced leaders and experts in higher education, and develop a network of colleagues from throughout the country. Participants also complete a leadership self-assessment, develop a plan to help participants achieve their leadership goals and create an action plan to complete a project or initiative at their home campuses.

Tapps joined the Northwest faculty in 2014 and serves as an associate professor of recreation in the School of Health Science and Wellness. His academic interests include gerontology, health and wellness, leadership, grant writing, exercise among elderly and service learning. He earned his Ph.D. in health, leisure and human performance at Oklahoma State University, and he holds a master’s degree in recreation and bachelor’s degree in corporate recreation and wellness, both from Northwest.


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