Professor Freimund grew up in southern Minnesota and received degrees in Natural Resource Conservation (A.S.), Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies (B.S.) and Recreation Resources Management (Ph.D.) from the University of Minnesota. He received his M.S. in Wildland Recreation Management from West Virginia University. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Montana from1993 to 2017. During his time at UM he was Director of the UM Wilderness Institute, Chaired the Department of Society and Conservation twice and was Interim Dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.
He teaches courses in park management and planning, visitor management, and protected area management. He has conducted numerous studies in national parks associated with the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Program and has a continued interest in understanding and monitoring visitor use of National Parks. He has been working since 1998 on a cooperative program in Protected Area Management with the four southern African Universities and hosted visitors from 83 countries as co-leader of the International Seminar on Protected Area Management. He has provided technical assistance and manager training in Southern Africa, Brazil and Jordan. From 2017-2020 he was Chair the Department of Parks, Tourism and Recreation Management at Clemson University. He joined Utah Sate University in April 2020.