William McKinney is the former Department Head of Leisure Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Previous positions he has held include: Superintendent of Recreation, Topeka, KS; Director of Capital Development, Laz, Edward and Dankert Architectural Firm, Champaign, IL; and Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator, United Parents for Exceptional Children, Kankakee, IL.
He received his B.S. degree in Community Recreation from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1971), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1974, 1982).
Honors and awards he has received include: Distinguished Professional, American Park and Recreation Society (1978) and Distinguished Fellow, Kansas Recreation and Park Association (1977).