Director of SHAHS named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Director of SHAHS named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Chris Lantz was recently named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs following an internal search process.

Chris has served as the director of the CHHS School of Health and Applied Human Sciences since 2012. Prior to coming to UNCW, Lantz 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 2002-12. In that capacity, he led a program in exercise science and accredited programs in health science and athletic training. He 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 a career in higher education, Chris 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 Masters of Arts in Sport Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Chris has received several teaching and leadership awards, including the Robert M. Taylor Professional Service and the Scholar of the Year award 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. Chris has served on a variety of boards and committees with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, the Council for Undergraduate Research, Phi Lambda Phi National Fraternity and the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.