CHHS names Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Chris Lantz has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services. Lantz, who had served as interim associate dean, formally assumed his new role July 1.

The associate dean for academic affairs oversees all aspects of academic affairs, including program evaluation and accreditation, new program and curriculum development, interprofessional collaborative education, study abroad, curriculum globalization and faculty and student conduct. Additionally, Lantz will develop new online programs and oversee exsiting programs offered through CHHS’ partnership with Academic Partners.

Lantz said it is a critical time in the life of CHHS, “We have made so much progress in our first seven years and this is an opportunity for me to serve our college in a new way. We have lots of very talented people in place, and this is a great chance to work with them on big projects that will provide our students with lots of new and exciting opportunities while significantly enhancing the health and human services workforce in our region and beyond.”

Lantz was encouraged to enter into academic administration so he could influence the educational experience of a larger number of students. “It’s an exciting time to be in a college that is experiencing such incredible growth while fulfilling its mission.”

Lantz has served as the director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences since 2012. Prior to coming to UNC Wilmington, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences at Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.), where he served as the department's chair from 2002-2012. In that capacity, he led a program in exercise science and accredited programs in health science and athletic training. Lantz also led the department to the successful completion of its first capital campaign and partnered with the Truman Institute to develop the Center for Health Initiatives and Programming.

Prior to beginning a career in higher education, Lantz served as the founding director of a hospital-based community wellness center. He earned his Doctor of Education in Sport Behavior from West Virginia University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Lantz has received several teaching and leadership awards, including the Robert M. Taylor Professional Service and the Scholar of the Year awards from the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He also served as the association's president and chaired its research section for nine years. He has served on a variety of boards and committees with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, Council for Undergraduate Research, Phi Lambda Phi National Fraternity and the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Lantz said of his transition, "I have the luxury of devoting all my energies to my new role, because I know the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences is in such great hands. Dr. Steve Elliott is a highly skilled leader and he will do exceptional things in his role as director.”

Dean of the College of Health and Human Services Charles Hardy said of Lantz's appointment,  “With confidence, I can say that Chris is well-positioned to assume this important role within the CHHS. Indeed, he has a strong professional background that brings to life the College values of collaboration, empowerment, passion and vitality.”