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Meet the Director

J. Lee Taylor

J. Lee Taylor has served as Director of Campus Recreation since June, 2013. Taylor oversees the day-to-day programs, facility operations and business operations in Campus Recreation, the Fitness Center and the Student Alumni Center. He supervises the coordinators of intramurals, fitness and wellness, aquatics/outdoor recreation, the campus recreation staff and the Student Alumni Center staff. He has been with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) since April, 1992. Taylor previously served in the Department of Preventive Medicine in a number of long-term clinical trials which evaluated the effects of exercise on health conditions, such as the Fitness and Arthritis in Seniors Trial, the Activity Counseling Trial and the Action for Health in Diabetes Trial. In those trials, he held the positions of coordinator, lead clinical trial interventionist, health educator and exercise specialist. Before coming to UTHSC, Taylor was an exercise physiologist in cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis and Assistant Equipment Manager for all sports in the athletic department at the University of Mississippi.

Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) and Master of Education in HPER with emphasis in Science and Measurement from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has completed certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine as a Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist and Health/Fitness Instructor. Over his career, Taylor has led or presented at conferences, trainings and workshops in the field of exercise science and authored or contributed to a number of publications in major medical journals.


May 26, 2022