Grady Palmer Distinguished Speaker Series

  • Grady Palmer
    Dr. Grady Palmer was one of Kennesaw State University's charter faculty members who served in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) 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 HPER Department from 1980–1984. 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.


    Mike Lutzenkirchen
    Executive Director, Lutzie 43 Foundation
    "Live, Love, Learn"

    Joan Cronan
    Women’s Athletics Director Emeritus, University of Tennessee Knoxville
    "Sport is Life with the Volume Turned Up"

    Dr. James K. Bennet
    Founder, Community Health and Men’s Promotion Summit (CHAMPS)
    "CHAMPS on a Mission: Improving Men's Health with Passion, Education, and Screening"

    Coach Dan Reeves
    Former Coach, Atlanta Falcons
    "Coaching: Philosophy, Styles, and Key Elements for Success"

    Dr. Catherine Palmier
    CMO, Southeast Region, United Healthcare Clinical Services
    "Childhood Obesity: Strategies for Supporting Kids and Families Making Healthy Choices"

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

    Dr. Howell Wechsler
    Director, Center for Adolescent & School Health, CDC
    "A Coordinated School Health Approach to Promoting School Health and Academic Achievement"

    Dr. Melinda Millard-Stafford
    Professor and Associate Chair, School of Applied Physiology, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "The Science of Sports Drinks: A Historical Perspective"

    Dr. Brad R. Humphreys
    Associate Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
    "What Do Economists Know About the Economic Impact of Sports Facilities?"

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

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

    Dr. Bernard Mullin
    President and CEO, Atlanta Spirit LLC
    "Career Lessons"

    Dr. James Morrow
    Regents Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, University of North Texas
    "Are American Children and Youth Fit? It's Time We Learned"

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

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

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

    Dr. Barbara Bowman
    Chief of the Chronic Disease Nutrition Branch, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, CDC
    "Sedentary Lifestyles and the Emerging Worldwide Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes"

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