Rosemary Prince, M.S. developed a love of parks and the natural environment as a child growing up in the pine barrens of New Jersey. Nurtured through involvement as a Girl Scout participating in activities in the outdoors, she learned early skills in planning and leadership. After relocating to Florida, she gained valuable work experience in Florida’s environment working in the Ocala National Forest. Her desire to continue her education in parks and recreation lead her to the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation. Her summers in college included work as a lifeguard and swim instructor with the local YMCA and assistant camp director in central Florida.
Upon graduation, she worked in Tallahassee as a swim instructor, at a local restaurant hosting children’s birthday parties and gained professional experience working with the Florida Department of Natural Resources. Relocating to central Florida, she served the City of South Daytona as park superintendent, then director of parks and recreation and the City of Ormond Beach as assistant director of recreation. These positions afforded her the opportunity to share her love of the outdoors by planning recreation programs, summer camps and special events for residents and visitors.
Returning to Tallahassee provided the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University and combined her interest in the environment with event planning through work with non-profit organizations, state government and private consulting. This was accomplished through positions with the Florida Recreation and Park Association, Keep Florida Beautiful, Inc., the Florida Park Service and Prince Ventures.
The desire to share her experience in the parks, recreation and event industry with the next generation of programmers and planners comes to life in her current position. Rosemary first joined the faculty at Florida State University in 2005 as an adjunct instructor teaching Introduction to Recreation. She was hired in 2006 for her current position as an instructor and the coordinator of the online Graduate Certificate In Event Management Program.
She is a published author and has presented at numerous national, state and local conferences and training venues. Rosemary is a Trustee on the Board of the FRPA Foundation. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Florida Recreation and Park Association, Florida Festivals and Events Association, National Recreation and Park Association, International Special Events Society, International Festivals and Events Association and Get Outdoors Florida!. She holds the designation of Certified Park and Recreation Professional and is certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association as a youth coach in basketball and volleyball. When not in the college classroom, physical or virtual, you will find her sharing her love of parks and recreation with children volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, coach and vacation bible school director.