Tony A. Mobley


Bicentennial Medal (2019)
School of Public Health W.W. Patty Distinguished Service Award (2010)
Indiana University Bloomington
M.S., 1962; Re.D., 1965
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2008)
M.S., 1962; Re.D., 1965


Dr. Tony Mobley received a bachelor's from Georgetown College in Kentucky in 1960, a master's degree from Indiana University in 1962, a master's degree from Southern Seminary in 1963, and the Re.D. degree from Indiana University in 1965. After teaching and administration at Western Illinois University and Pennsylvania State University, he returned to IU becoming the Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1976, a position he then held for 26 years before retiring in 2002. During this period the school more than doubled its enrollment, increased its research productivity and visibility, and expanded its influence in virtually all areas of its instructional, scholarly and public service missions.

Fundraising initiatives resulted in the establishment of eight endowed chairs and professorships, and the disbursement of more than $100,000 in student scholarships each year. International exchange agreements were forged with 17 universities around the globe.

Dr. Mobley has held leadership positions, including presidencies, of numerous national associations, including the National Recreation and Park Association, the Society of Park and Recreations Educators, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Sport and Dance Professionals. He led the effort to establish a national accreditation program for academic park and recreation departments that was recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, located in Indianapolis. He has published extensively and received virtually every national award in his field.