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The Eppley Team

  • Stephen A. Wolter, CPRP
  • Executive Director
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sawolter@indiana.edu (812) 855-7083


Leadership, Park and Recreation Facility Management, Curriculum Design, Public Speaking and Instruction


Mr. Wolter’s role as Executive Director of the Eppley Institute involves leading major programs in technical assistance, research, training and education, and planning for Indiana University. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in the training and education of students and professionals in the parks, recreation, and public lands field. His parks management experience includes facilities management, urban and regional planning, recreation, sports, and tourism. He has served as project manager in the development of master and strategic plans, needs assessments, and training development plans. While directing the Eppley Institute, Mr. Wolter also teaches leadership, philanthropy, planning, public policy, and information technology classes in his role as Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Steve’s focus at the Institute is both on the macro and the micro; the overall Institute’s strategic efforts but also the specifics of projects that benefit partners. He is involved significantly in some projects where his expertise requires, and while providing staff with guidance and expertise for the many clients and many projects that the Institute performs.   


Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

  • Executive Director, 2003—Present
  • Director, 2001—2003
  • Assistant Director, 1996—2001

Other firms, spanning 25 years:

  • Director, Parks and Recreation, City of Bloomington, IN
  • Associate Director, Recreational Sports, Indiana University
  • Director, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, City of Morro Bay, CA
  • Facility Manager, Parks and Recreation, City of Santa Maria, CA
  • Assistant Director, Recreational Sports, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN


  • MS, Recreation and Park Management, Indiana University, 1980
  • BA, Urban Studies, University of Minnesota, 1979


  • CPRP, Certified Park and Recreation Professional, awarded 1990; expires 2014
  • CIPP, Certified International Park Professional, awarded 2014; expires 2017