By Tom Evelyn
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Susan Lantz, an associate dean of students at Lehigh University who has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in student affairs, has been named dean of students at Bucknell University. Lantz will begin her new duties on April 1.
"We are delighted to welcome Susan Lantz as our dean of students," Bucknell Provost Mick Smyer said. "She brings with her great passion for student success, and has demonstrated throughout her career that she understands the vital role her office can play in the development of students academically and in all dimensions of their lives. Coming from an institution like Lehigh, which shares so many important similarities with Bucknell, we know that she will be making a positive difference here from day one."
As the dean of students at Bucknell, Lantz will oversee the office responsible for a range of student-life matters, including new student orientation, residence halls and off-campus living, campus activities and organization, fraternity and sorority affairs, student government, religious life, multicultural interests, community service, student leadership and wellness services, among other areas of student life.
"Susan is respected by all because she cares deeply about students and is extremely good at what she does," said Sharon K. Basso, associate vice provost and dean of students at Lehigh. "She is the consummate collaborator and has forged phenomenal relationships with faculty across our university. She is a superb role model, leader, mentor, educator and colleague, and Bucknell will soon find they are fortunate she has joined them."
As associate dean at Lehigh, Lantz served on the dean of students leadership team that directed an assessment of student learning outcomes, including adopting core developmental competencies for all undergraduate students, and an examination of staff culture and structure.
Under her leadership, the Academic Life and Student Transitions Department at Lehigh grew to include the Office of First-Year Experience and the Center for Academic Success. She also oversaw Support Services for Students with Disabilities and the Center for Writing and Math and coordinated academic support services for all student-athletes.
Lantz collaborated with several departments at Lehigh as well as agencies in the Lehigh Valley to create the university's sexual assault advocacy program. She served as a sexual assault advocate for 14 years, earning two awards from student groups for her work supporting women on campus.
Before becoming associate dean, Lantz served as assistant dean of students overseeing student and staff development at Lehigh from 1996 to 1999. She previously served as director of student programs and as director of Greek life and off-campus housing at Millersville University from 1991 to 1996.
Lantz received her bachelor's degree in English from Dickinson College and her master's in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University. She is pursuing an educational doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
Linda Locher, who has served as interim dean of students at Bucknell since July, will return to her role as director of Psychological Services. She replaced former Dean of Students Susan Hopp, who left this past summer to become vice president for student services and athletics and dean of students at Linfield College in Oregon.
The dean of students search committee included Associate Provost Robert Midkiff (chair), General Counsel Wayne Bromfield, former Director of Multicultural Student Services Jessica Hess, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences Elaine Hopkins, Assistant Dean of Students Paula Myers, Associate Vice President for Finance Dennis Swank, Associate Professor of Education Joseph Murray, Associate Professor of Economics Amy Wolaver, and students Michael Tonge, Class of '12, and Bryan Henkelman, Class of '11.
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