Chris Lantz, Director, School of Health and Applied Human SciencesChristopher Lantz: Ed.D., M.A., Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Chris Lantz is the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at UNCW. Previous to this role, Lantz was the director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.

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 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. Lantz 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. 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 (MOAHPERD). He also served as the association's president and chaired its Research Section for nine years. Lantz 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.