On Wednesday, October 22, 2015 at 12:00 Noon, 2015 Penn State Alumni Fellow Mark Focht will deliver an informal lunchtime talk as part of the Stuckeman School lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Nineteen Penn State alumni – including landscape architecture alumnus Mark A. Focht ('83 B.S.) – will be honored Oct. 21 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Focht is first deputy commissioner for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), where he is responsible for operations, planning, property management, ecosystem management, and security for the 10,100-acre system. He oversees a staff of more than 385 and an annual operating budget of $24.1 million for PPR, which includes 150 parks, 156 recreation centers and playgrounds, and 71 outdoor swimming pools. Prior to his PPR appointment, Focht was executive director of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system and director of the park’s Environment, Stewardship, and Education Division. Focht is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and is currently immediate past-president of the society.