Riggins To Direct New Recreation/Wellness Center

With the opening of its new recreation/wellness center just months away, Oklahoma Baptist University has hired a director for the new facility.

Norman resident Amy Lassetter Riggins joined OBU’s staff earlier this summer and is working to have the center’s programs ready for student use when the building is completed in late 2007.

Riggins was a member of the OBU faculty in the 1980s and also coached volleyball and softball at the university. While OBU is adding volleyball, coaching will not be part of Riggins’ duties.

Riggins comes to OBU from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she was an instructor.

She spent six years as fitness education program coordinator at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., where she coordinated the daily operation of the Fitness Education Center, a facility with an annual membership of 2,500.

Riggins also was fitness specialist and health educator for the United States Postal Service National Center for Employee Development.

“We had a number of very good candidates for the position of director of the recreation/fitness facility, but after the interview process, Amy was the unanimous choice of the search committee, said Dr. Norris Russell, chair of OBU’s division of kinesiology and leisure studies. “She had a similar position in Oregon and has hit the ground running with questions and ideas for implementing the many programs that will be associated with our new recreation/wellness center.

Riggins graduated magna cum laude from OBU in 1984 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation. In 1986, she earned a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Oklahoma with areas of concentrations in sport administration and sport psychology.