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Leslie Willis Named New Parks and Recreation Director

by | Jul 9, 2020 | News, Top Left Box, Town Information

Leslie Willis talks to volunteers at last year’s “Walk to School Day.” Willis was just named the new Director of the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department (Bill Giduz photo)


The Town of Davidson announces that after a thorough and comprehensive search, it has hired Leslie Willis as its Parks & Recreation Department Director.

Leslie Willis, Davidson’s new Parks and Recreation Department Director

Leslie has been with the town since 2011 as the Parks and Recreation Department’s Program Manager, and she most recently served as the department’s interim director for the past six months.  During her tenure, Leslie played an integral role in the Parks and Recreation Department. She developed recreation programs based on the needs of the community including the Davidson Scholars lecture series, CPR classes, afterschool programs, and summer camps. She also led the effort in the department to coordinate youth athletic leagues with community partners as well as other towns in Mecklenburg County. Key projects Leslie has managed include Plum Creek Park, the redesign of the Mary Beaty Tot Lot, and the schematic design of Beaty Park.

Prior to joining the Town of Davidson, Leslie served in roles including Director of Campus Recreation at Missouri Southern State University, Director of Youth and Adult Sports of the Joplin Missouri Family YMCA, and Head Volleyball Coach at Southwest Baptist University. Leslie holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology/Sports Studies from Bemidji State University and a B.S. in Kinesiology from Angelo State University.

Leslie lives in Davidson with her husband, Chris, the Davidson College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, and their two children.

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