Department of Industrial and Rural Recreation established in the School of Education.
The Department of Industrial and Rural Recreation is renamed the Department of Recreation and Park Administration.
Thomas R. Wells graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later became superintendent of the state park system in North Carolina.
The Department of Recreation and Park Administration is transferred from the School of Education to the School of Forest Resources
A masters' program in Recreation and Park Administration is created.
The Department of Recreation and Park Administration becomes the first department of its kind in the United States to receive accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association.
Sondra L. Kirsch, Associate Professor of Recreation Resources Administration becomes the first woman to chair the NC State Faculty Senate.
The department of Recreation and Park Administration is renamed the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.
The department published A 50 Year Salute: The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. More historical information exists on the departmental website.