Lawrence R. Allen is the dean in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University. From August 2001 to May 2003, he served as interim dean.
He received his PhD from the University of Maryland in recreation with a specialty area in counseling and his undergraduate degree in education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Allen has been very active professionally for the past 34 years with memberships in several professional organizations. In 1987, he was elected to the Academy of Leisure Sciences, and in 1995, he served as the president of the Academy. In 1996, he was elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.
He has a very strong commitment to professional practice in leisure and tourism services and has served on various boards of directors and state and national committees.
Allen has written extensively with his primary interest focusing on the impact of recreation and other out-of-school experiences on individual and community well-being.
Along with colleagues at Clemson University, he has authored several articles and manuals revolving around the development and implementation of an outcome-based model (Benefits-Based Programming) of youth program delivery that enhances the youth's ability to overcome and cope with the stress and pressures they face in today's social environment.
He has been instrumental in the development of a master's degree in youth development leadership at Clemson University, and he is very interested in the integration of free-choice learning experiences with the more traditional educational systems employed within the United States and throughout the world.