Dr. Joe O'Leary is formerly Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and professor and department head in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Joe has a prolific and distinguished publishing record in the tourism and recreation research areas with more than 200 publications. His research has involved knowledge management and analysis of large national and international studies of travel and recreation behavior. He received the prestigious national award, the Franklin D. and Theodore Roosevelt Excellence in Recreation and Park Research Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award.
Joe is a member of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (North American section), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE). He has served on the education committee for the World Tourism Organization and the research committee of the Travel Industry Association of America and is chair of the Committee on Tourism Statistics in the International Statistical Institute. He currently is chairman of the board for the Fort Collins Convention and Visitor's Bureau. He also serves as coeditor and on the editorial advisory boards of a number of international journals.