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Student Spotlight December 2012

"Per Svensson is one of our outstanding doctoral students, working towards a PhD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Sport Administration. He has a unique line of research: sport for peace and development, which focuses on using sport to help individuals in underdeveloped and impoverished areas obtain leadership and life skills. Per is a true asset to our program and has a promising future ahead."

- Dr. Marion Hambrick, Department of Health and Sport Sciences


Per Svensson 


Per Svensson graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Marketing from Slippery Rock University in 2006. In 2011, he earned an M.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville with summa cum laude honors. Per is currently a first-year doctoral fellow at the University of Louisville where he is pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a specialization in Sport Administration. 





Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

I am interested in organizations using sport as a tool for promoting positive social change. Specifically, I am interested in the role of new innovations in technology such as social media for helping these organizations overcome a lack of resources and achieve their missions. 


Awards, honors, publications:

I was honored as the Sport Management Student of the Year by Slippery Rock University in 2009. In 2011, I was recognized as the Outstanding Master’s Student in Sport Administration by the University of Louisville and won the 2011 National Sports Forum Case Cup Competition with three classmates from the Sport Administration program. Recently, the University of Louisville awarded me a doctoral fellowship.


Long term goals/ aspirations:

I hope to earn tenure as a professor in a premier Sport Management program and help sport organizations better achieve their missions through my teaching, research, and service. 


How would you describe your area of study/ specific research to your grandmother:

I study how organizations using sport to do good can do more with less.


What accomplishment, academic or otherwise, are you most proud of?

Winning the 2011 National Sports Forum Case Cup Competition against MBA and Master’s Sport Management students from across the country.


What was your favorite part of the graduate school experience?

The best part of the graduate school experience is being part of a premier sport management program with like-minded people. 


What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?

Managing time between the classroom and field experience. I try to seek out practical experiences far ahead of time in order to provide myself adequate time to develop a timeline of my academic and work assignments. 


Family life: 

My family lives in Stockholm, Sweden.


Fun Facts

A talent you have always wanted: The ability to remember song lyrics
Favorite book: It’s Your Ship by Captain D. M. Abrashoff
Favorite quote: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
Role Model: My grandfather
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Working for the PGA Tour.


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