Meighan Pendergrass

Meighan Pendergrass

Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness


Meighan Pendergrass, director of campus recreation and wellness, came to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in August 2006 as an exercise instructor. She oversees the Fitness Center, intramural sports, sports clubs and the Outdoor Adventure Program.


Prior to moving to Fort Smith, she completed her master’s degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. While in Fayetteville, she was a graduate assistant for the Human Performance Laboratory and Washington Regional’s Exercise Center.


Her graduate work included developing and implementing the Razorback Retiree Exercise Club for University of Arkansas Emeritus Faculty and working with special populations to improve their mobility and to increase exercise endurance and muscular strength. Her experience ranges from working with individuals as young as 12 years of age and as mature as 91 years of age to improve their daily lives by implementing fitness and wellness practices.


Pendergrass is a professional member of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association and one of 48 recreation professionals to complete the 2013 National School for Recreational Sports Management.


She has a Bachelor of Science in education in kinesiology: biomechanics physiology and a Master of Science in kinesiology: exercise science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She also completed graduate course work for a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.




Exercise and Older Adults

Want to improve your quality of life? This seminar will focus on exercise implementation, proper techniques and the benefits of exercise. No matter your age, you can start an exercise program!


Stress Management  

Is your life one stressful situation after another? Do you see no way to eliminate the stress-causing factors? You can learn some tips to handle stress properly. Find out how in this session.