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Dana D. Brooks

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Biographical Sketch

Dana D. Brooks was named interim dean of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in 1992, then known as the School of Physical Education, later becoming the permanent dean in 1993. He led CPASS in expanding degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students, the creation of a new building that included innovative lab and classroom spaces and hired faculty who have developed national research profiles in their fields. During his tenure, Brooks secured two endowed professorships for CPASS, which helped support physical activity and wellness programs across life spans. Brooks oversaw the development of ICPE and FiT Publishing, previously a private book publishing company. A fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Brooks served as president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, now named SHAPE America. He previously served as chair or member of numerous committees and councils, including the WVU Athletics Council, Black Community Concerns, Social Justice Council and Affirmative Action. He was the National Youth Sports Program project administrator for 32 years which provided underprivileged youth with sport and enrichment activities that impacted the lives of more than 8,000 children. Brooks retired as the Dean of CPASS on June 30, 2019.