Chris Lantz is entering his 25th year in higher education with the last 18 serving in several leadership roles. He enters his 4th year as the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Wilmington. Prior to that he served for five years as 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., serving as the department chair from 2002-2012. Prior to his career in higher education, Lantz was the founding director of a hospital-based community wellness center. Lantz holds a Doctor of Education in sport behavior from West Virginia University, a Master of Arts in sport psychology from UNC 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. Lantz has served on a variety of boards and committees with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, American Red Cross, Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence, Council for Undergraduate Research, Phi Lambda Phi National Fraternity and the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.