New Editor-in-Chief–Dr. Christopher J. Wynveen


The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) extends its utmost thanks to Dr. Brijesh Thapa, Professor & Head, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Oklahoma State University, who has completed a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, AAPRA’s scholarly publication produced by Sagamore-Venture Publishing. The Journal was established by the Academy in 1983 to bridge the gap between research and practice for administration, educators, consultants, and researchers.


AAPRA is proud to announce Dr. Christopher J. Wynveen, Associate Professor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, as the new JPRA Editor in Chief. Dr. Wynveen was serving as an associate editor and reviewer of the Journal prior to this appointment and has frequently published his research in the Journal. Dr. Wynveen received degrees from University of Illinois, Clemson University, and Texas A&M University. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Wynveen serves as an associate editor with Leisure Sciences, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, and Society and Natural Resources


Under Dr. Thapa’s leadership, JPRA is included in SCOPUS, the world’s largest database of peer reviewed literature; three special editions were produced covering key contemporary themes; there is global representation in associate editors; a new Commentary section was created; and there is adherence to rigorous peer review and content quality standards. 


The Editor-in-Chief is a highly prestigious scholarly position responsible for coordinating all aspects of preparing four regular issues of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA) for publication. annually. This includes soliciting and previewing manuscripts, assigning manuscripts to associate editors and reviewers, working with reviewers to ensure timely reviews, and assisting authors in revisions.


Jane H. Adams

Executive Director, AAPRA

Peter L. Bannon

President, Sagamore-Venture