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.

In this new role, Lantz will be responsible for the academic affairs of CHHS. He will support CHHS’ mandate for growth by overseeing enrollment management within the college’s existing degree programs and the strategic development of new academic programs. Additionally, he will oversee online programs currently being offered through CHHS’ partnership with Academic Partners and develop new online programs.

Lantz said it was a critical time in the life of CHHS.

“We have made so much progress in our first seven years,” he said, “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.”

He said he was encouraged to enter into academic administration so that 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 said.

Lantz has served as the director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences since 2012. Prior to coming to UNCW, 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 2002-12. 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 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 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. 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 his sole focus, for now, is to do his job as the interim associate dean for academic affairs.

"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," he said. "Dr. Steve Elliott is a highly skilled leader and he will do exceptional things in his role as interim director.”