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Dr. Kandice Porter

Department Chair


FAX 470-578-6561



Department of Health Promotion

and Physical Education

Kennesaw State University

Convocation Center

Mail Drop 0202

1000 Chastain Road

Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591



Grady Palmer Distinguished Speaker Series



Dr. Grady Palmer

Dr. Grady Palmer is one of Kennesaw State University's charter faculty members who served in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation when the university opened in 1966. He was a valued faculty member for 30 years before he retired in 1996. Dr. Palmer received his bachelor's and Master´s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and his doctorate from the University of Georgia in Health Education. He served as Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from 1980-1984. During his tenure at KSU, he was involved with the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education is pleased to recognize Dr. Palmer for all of his professional accomplishments by naming this Distinguished Speaker Series in his honor.






Dr Catherine PalmierDr. Catherine Palmier


CMO, Southeast Region, UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services - Topic: "Childhood Obesity: Strategies for Supporing Kids and Families Making Healthy Choices."


Dan HorwitsMr. Dan Horwits, J.D.
Partner at Beverly Hills Sports Council. - Topic: "Sport Agent Work - What's the Deal?"

Dr. Howell WechslerDr. Howell Wechsler
Director, Center for Adolescent & School Heath, Center for Disease Control & Prevention - Topic: "A Coordinated School Health Approach to Promoting School Health and Academic Achievement."


Mindy Millard-StaffordDr. Melinda Millard-Stafford
Professor and Associate Chair, School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology - Topic: “The Science of Sports Drinks: A Historical Perspective.”

Dr Brad HumphreysDr. Brad R. Humphreys
Associate Professor of economics at the University of Alberta - Topic: “What Do Economists Know About the Economic Impact of Sports Facilities?”


Dr Larry LockeDr. Lawrence F. Locke
Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Topic: "Research on Becoming Agents of Public Health: The New Quest for Physical Educators"

Dr Paul RibislDr. Paul M. Ribisl
Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University - Topic: "DIABESITY - A Looming Threat to Cardiovascular Health!"


Dr Bernie Mullin Dr. Bernard Mullin
President and CEO, Atlanta Spirit LLC - Topic: "Career Lessons"

Dr Jim Morrow Dr. James Morow
Regents Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas - Topic: "Are American Children and Youth Fit? It's Time We Learned"


Dr James Gavin Dr. James Gavin III
President of Morehouse School of Medicine - Topic: "The Status of Women's Health: A Look at the Present and Focus on the Future"

Dr Alan Sack Dr. Alan Sack
Director of the Management of Sports Industries Program, University of New Haven - Topic: "College Athletes for Hire"

Dr George GrahamDr. George Graham
Professor, Virginia Tech - Topic: "The Revolution in Physical Education Today:  From Survival to Educational Experiences"

BowmanDr. Barbara Bowman
Chief of the Chronic Disease Nutrition Branch of the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity for the CDC - Topic: "Sedentary Lifestyles and the Emerging Worldwide Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes"


Dr David Stotler Dr. David K Stotlar
Professor, University of Northern Colorado - Topic: "The Building of Sport Empires"