Richard F. Mull retired from Indiana University after 35 years of service. He served the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (renamed the School of Public Health) in capacities as assistant professor (1972-2006) and as director of IU Campus Recreational Sports (1972-1992), HPER Auxiliary Operations, Center for Student Leadership Development, Tennis Center, and Outdoor Pool.
During his IU career, Mull created the Center for Student Leadership Development, a campus-wide leadership development concept that incorporated academic courses for student volunteers from various student organizations.
He also created a student organization, Council for Advancing Student Leadership, and was a significant influence with the development of the Student Recreational Sports Association, an active student voice in campus recreational sports.
His numerous professional contributions to the field led to his receipt of the 1989 Honor Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). In 1994, he was inducted into the Professional Hall of Fame in the School of Sport and Physical Activity at West Virginia University. In 2006, Mull received the Office for Women’s Affairs Athletic Award at Indiana University for his commitment to advancing opportunities for women in sport.
Other awards included the Shoemaker Special Merit Award from the Division of Student Affairs, the Armstrong Ambassador Award from the IU Foundation, and the Student Recreational Sports Association Honor Award.
Mull has served as consultant and advisor in the field of recreational sports for more than 40 years. He also coauthored Recreation Facility Management, a current text used in the field of recreation and leisure studies.
He also served as chairperson of the NIRSA’s professional development committee, assistant chairperson of the NIRSA Standards Committee, and vice president of NIRSA. His contributions to this text include Chapters 1-3, 13, 14, and 17. Throughout his career, Mull’s special interests included professional preparation, student development, management, and leadership.