Chris Lantz

August 14, 2018

When he joined UNCW in 2012 as the director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, Chris Lantz knew he had found somewhere special. Leaving his 17-year tenure at Truman State University in Missouri, he felt right at home when arriving here on campus.

“The level of pride everyone has for this university is infectious and is one of the things that sets us apart from other institutions,” Lantz said. “The staff, faculty and students – everyone is proud of this place and that pride manifests itself in how we all serve the institution and our community. And why shouldn’t we be proud? This place is awesome!”

In his new position as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services, Lantz hopes to continue building on the lessons he learned from his special role model in life, his father.

“My dad grew up in a house in rural West Virginia with no indoor plumbing, only rudimentary electricity and rarely enough food on the table,” he said. “He was the first in his family to go to college and only the second to graduate from high school. Education delivered him from that life, and his journey is why I do what I do.”

Lantz earned an Ed.D. in sport behavior from West Virginia University, a master’s in sport psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

While Lantz thoroughly enjoyed his role as SHAHS director, he is excited about the opportunity to expand his collaboration with colleagues. “My position as associate dean allows me to serve faculty across our entire college,” he said. “This is such a dynamic university, and people in every corner of our campus are working really hard to provide our students a great experience. This new role allows me to be a part of that too, which is something I’m pretty excited about.”

-- Christina Schechtman