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Richard Rosenthal
Department Director


Rich Rosenthal 2016

Rich became the Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department Director on an interim basis in September 2016 and became the permanent director in March 2017, replacing Brian Sjothun.

During his time overseeing the City's Recreation Division, Rich has administered unprecedented expansion of community recreation programs and services.  Rosenthalís management skills have helped produce nine consecutive years of record-setting participation and revenue totals. His duties also include facility management for U.S. Cellular Community Park (the largest synthetic-grass sports park in the U.S.) and the Santo Community Center complex.

Rosenthal had a wide-ranging and innovative full-time role in the Southern Oregon Universityís athletic department. As the schoolís sports information director from 1994 until 2006, Raider sports publications won 24 national awards. In addition to tirelessly promoting SOU, its intercollegiate teams and student-athletes during an enormously successful era, he was also a key operative in record-setting athletics scholarship fund-raising campaigns.

The Casper, Wyo. native earned a bachelorís degree in mass communications with an emphasis in journalism from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., and he completed the Master in Management program at Southern Oregon University in 2006. His masterís capstone was a comprehensive market analysis and marketing plan for Oak Knoll Golf Course.

Prior to his arrival at SOU in 1994, he served as an intern in the U.S. Senate for longtime Wyoming senator Alan K. Simpson. In keeping with a family tradition of civic service and volunteerism, he remains involved at SOU in a volunteer capacity.

In Aug. 2013, Rosenthal helped set a Guinness World Record by participating in the longest Wiffle Ball game ever played. 

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