Jan Cox, community programs manager for the City of Greenville’s Parks & Recreation Department, received the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association’s (SCRPA) Professional of the Year Award at the 73rd annual SCRPA Conference held in Greenville this week. According to SCRPA, the award is presented each year to recognize a member of outstanding moral character and professional stature who has rendered exceptional service and/or accomplishments to the leisure service industry, has demonstrated leadership in the organization and in the community and has actively promoted the recreation/athletic field.
Jan received a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University in 1987 and a master’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson in 2002. She also earned her National Recreation and Park Association certification, becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional in 1995.
Jan joined the City of Greenville’s Parks & Recreation Department in 1987 and has held a variety of positions within the department during her 31-year tenure. In her current role, Jan is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Sears Recreation Center, as well as grant management, community center programming, project management and community relations, working closely with residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the center.
Throughout her career, Jan has been actively involved in planning education sessions for conferences at all levels of her industry, including the Edith Upchurch Innovative Recreation Programming Forum, one of NRPA’s longest-running educational conferences. She has also served SCRPA in a wide range of roles, including as chair of the SCRPA Programming Summit and as SCRPA president in 2011. Additionally, Jan has been a member of the Pleasantburg Rotary Club for 12 years and has served as secretary/treasurer and president.