Department of Health and Exercise Studies

Department of Health and Exercise Studies
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1923 Department of Physical Education established

The college first offered physical education classes and established the Department of Physical Education, which had its early home in Frank Thompson Gymnasium.

1924 John Miller hired as Athletics General Manager

John Miller was appointed general manager of athletics and was tasked with creating the university's first physical education department.


11/17/1962 Carmichael Gymnasium dedicated

Carmichael Gymnasium was named for William Donald Carmichael, a World War I veteran and advocate for the completion of Reynolds Coliseum. The Department of Physical Education was one of the early occupants of the building.

Carmichael GymnasiumCarmichael Gymnasium


1997 Department of Physical Education became part of Division of Student Affairs


2012 Department of Physical Education renamed

The university changed the name of the Department of Physical Education to the Department of Health and Exercise Studies.