Dr. Thomas Orr is Department Coordinator for the School of Education Health and Physical Education Department and Assistant Professor of Sport Marketing and Administration at Northern State University. This is his fifth year at NSU.
My students are doing well, and the Sport Management Program is in great shape, with students receiving awesome internships and cool job offers upon completion of the program. Dr. Thomas Orr, Head of the Health & Physical Education Department
Dr. Orr is originally from Ypsilanti, North Dakota, and received his BA degree at the University of North Dakota and his MS and PhD degrees from Indiana University. He decided to become a faculty member here “because Northern was on the rise, and I wanted to be part of the pack.” Orr went on to state, “It was closer to home for me with my family, and they blew me away on my tour and interview.” Additionally, when Dr. Orr was a high school athlete he was recruited by NSU, so joining the faculty was a natural fit. Dr. Orr has had a lot of influence here at Northern, especially regarding the Athletic Program and campus events. He started the Kidzone at the football games and also worked with his students on improving the marketing of basketball games. Additionally, he helped get the Howling Wolves and the PHIT Club into full swing when he started working here and has since embraced more leadership roles in the NSU Health and Physical Education Department. Dr. Orr says he enjoys organizing events “to make NSU fun and vibrant,” and he now has students and interns following in his footsteps, handling a lot of the work to help make everything function. Dr. Orr remarked, “I am hopefully teaching my students to be better than me at helping our Athletic Program.” He is also actively involved with the Common Read Committee, helped form the Pack Gives Back event, and enjoys encouraging athletes to become involved as students in these activities. When asked about the favorite part of his job, Dr. Orr stated, “I really enjoy my interactions with my students and the pleasure of watching them succeed.” In life outside of Northern, Dr. Orr continues to be active in athletics. He has been a volunteer coach for youth sports teams and plays adult softball and hockey. Recently, Dr. Orr has been involved in a documentary created around his family and their backyard rink, an exciting and unusual adventure.
Through all of his experiences and opportunities, Dr. Orr proudly notes, “My students are doing well, and the Sport Management Program is in great shape, with students receiving awesome internships and cool job offers upon completion of the program.” Dr. Orr has spoken at the International Business Conference, is also involved with consultation for many sports organizations worldwide, and has been a guest on Huffpost live several times.