William M. Healey Award
In 2002 a group of Recreation alums established the William M. Healey Scholarship in honor of Bill Healey's 30 year anniversary of working at the University of West Florida. Having worked at UWF since 1972, he has been at the forefront of the construction – both physical and emotional – of one of the more impressive Recreation departments in the country.
During his time leading the UWF recreation department, he developed into one of the more respected and valued leaders of NIRSA for over four decades, eventually earning Legacy Member designation (2013), two National Service Awards (1998, 2009), the Horace Moody Award (2008), Regional Award of Merit (1995) and serving 2 terms on the NIRSA Board of Directors (1991-1993, 2016-2019).
He has served as Interim Athletic Director four times – 1980, 1983, 2008 and 2009 – and provided stability to the department at various times of uneasiness. Healey was responsible for heading up the establishment of the UWF East Sports Complex for baseball, soccer, softball and track when athletics were reinstated at the University in 1980. He obtained funding from Florida Legislature and chaired the creation of the $15.8 million HLS Facility on campus in 2005.
Healey has been involved in athletics away from UWF as well, serving on the boards and numerous committees with Pensacola Sports (formerly the Pensacola Sports Association) and the West Florida Waves Volleyball Club. The Springfield, Mass. native was a board member and past president of Pensacola Sports from 2006-10, director of Volleyball Pensacola from 2007-13 and a board member with the West Florida Waves Volleyball Club.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Central Missouri State in 1970 and his masters in recreation and park administration from Illinois in 1972. Healey has two daughters, Mary, who graduated from UWF and is currently working in the recreation department at Old Dominion University, and Rachel is working with a local Engineering firm.
“UWF has given me a wonderful career. Although many have pointed to the facility development aspect of my job, I am most proud of our student and staff development. We have so many who have started as student assistants, interns or entry level jobs, that are now running programs on campuses around the country. That reflects well for UWF and I am pleased to have had a hand in that. I believe the most rewarding part of leadership is empowering others to lead”
- Nominee must be a current student at UWF, employed by, serving as an intern for, or be an outstanding participant in any program managed by Recreation. An individual’s relationship to Recreation may include but is not limited to their role as: fitness center monitor/supervisor; group fitness instructor/supervisor; personal trainer; outdoor adventure trip leader; climbing center instructor; special events facilitator; sailing attendant; aquatic center lifeguard/facility supervisor/instructor/registrar/cashier; administrative office staff; intramural sports supervisor/sport official/sport manager/team captain/outstanding participant; sport club leader/officer; recreation sports intern; facility attendant/customer service rep/building manager/maintenance crew.
- Must carry a minimum overall GPA of 2.85 and have two semesters remaining.
- Must demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, integrity, credibility, and loyalty to Recreation while exhibiting commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the department and The University of West Florida.
- Nominee may be recommended by a professional staff member from Recreation, a UWF faculty or staff member, an alumni, co-worker, or peer.
- Nominee must submit a nomination form, current resume, and two letters of nomination/ recommendation to the William M. Healey Award Selection Committee by the designated deadline.
Applications are currently closed and will open Fall 2020.