TROY—Dr. Lance Tatum, who has served as Dean of the College of Education at Troy University since 2007, will assume the role of Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, effective Jan. 1, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.
As Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, Dr. Tatum will oversee more than 50 TROY teaching locations in 16 states outside of Alabama, plus eTROY, the University's distance-learning operation.
"Dr. Lance Tatum is a proven leader who has demonstrated the ability to develop new academic programs," Chancellor Hawkins said. "His experience at TROY has exposed Dr. Tatum to globalization in a variety of areas, all of which will aid him in his new role. In addition, Dr. Tatum's experience in adapting existing programs to on-line delivery will prove invaluable as he assumes leadership of distance learning."
A 1988 graduate of Troy University, Dr. Tatum earned a master of science in foundations of education from TROY in 1989 and completed a doctor of philosophy in 1993 from Florida State University. He joined the faculty of the College of Health and Human Services in 1998.
As dean of the college of education at TROY, Dr. Tatum led a successful effort to have all of the University's teacher education programs accredited as a single unit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. He was also instrumental in the development of the state's only bachelor's degree sign language interpreter training program.
"I have long since recognized the important contribution Global Campus makes to our University and I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity," Dr. Tatum said. "Troy University has been a leader in distance education for more than a decade and I look forward to building on this record of success."