Bob Rider has served as Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee since 2004. Prior to coming to Knoxville, he served as Dean at the College of Education at Butler University from 2001-2004 and as Professor, Center Director, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Education at Florida State University, 1979-2001. Rider received his BS in Physical Education in 1972 from the State University of New York at Cortland. He received his MA in Health and Physical Education in 1973 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive his PhD in 1978 at the same institution.
Dean Rider's heart belongs to the children. His famous quote is, “It’s all about the kids!” He enjoys the opportunity to interact with students, especially those with special needs. His experience includes extensive research, teaching, and the publication of numerous articles based upon the physical activity and fitness needs of individuals with disabilities. Rider has two daughters; Lindy, a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Carly, who graduated from the University of Georgia.