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Faculty and Staff Profile

Tom ORourke

Professor of Practice


Phone: 8343-345-3915


Educational Background

1978 Slippery Rock University, PA
Health Physical Education and Recreation BS

Courses Taught

PRTM 8210 Grants and Alternative Finance
PRTM 8220 Strategic Planning

NPL 3020 - Nonprofit Leadership - (Undergraduate)


Tom is a Professor of Practice in the PRTM Department at Clemson University. A Professor of Practice denotes and recognizes his over 40 years of experience in the field of Parks, Recreation, Athletic Administration, and Nonprofit Leadership. Tom's leadership positions include; the Executive Director of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, The Director of the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department, The Executive Director of the Parklands Foundation of Charleston, The Chair of the Charleston Area Sports Commission. Tom also currently serves as a member of the Mt. Pleasant South Carolina Town Council. Education has played an important role in his professional career. Tom serves as the Director of the prestigious NRPA Directors School, and is a frequent presenter at various State and National Conferences in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Tom is married to Jackie ORourke and has three grown children. Recreation is his profession, but his passion has always been coaching. He has coached at many high schools in the Charleston area, the Citadel, and the College of Charleston . He is currently the Pole Vault Coach for the Porter Gaud Cyclones in Charleston. Tom has coached State Championship teams, as well as State Champions and State Qualifying pole vaulters.

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