TROY – Dr. Lance Tatum has been named dean of Troy University’s College of Education.
The announcement by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. came Friday during groundbreaking ceremonies for a new College of Education building. The decision comes after University officials conducted a nationwide search for a new dean.
“We believe Dr. Lance Tatum is the right person at the right time to lead our College of Education. As a TROY graduate, Dr. Tatum understands our rich history of excellence in teacher education. I am confident his leadership will continue this tradition,” Dr. Hawkins said.
Dr. Tatum has been serving as interim dean of the college since July 1, 2006. Prior to that appointment, he was an associate professor and chairman of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion in the University’s College of Health and Human Services.
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. His doctorial major was in the area of athletic administration.
Prior to joining the TROY kinesiology and health promotion staff in 1988, Dr. Tatum was an assistant professor of physical education at Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.
Dr. Tatum was selected in 2005 by Dr. Hawkins as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow and was honored by the All-American Football Foundation as its Outstanding Faculty Athletics Representative for 2005. He currently chairs the Continuing Athletic Eligibility Review Committee and served as chair of the University Athletic Advisory Committee from 2002 – 2005. He also currently serves on a number of college of health and human services committees, college of education committees and university-wide committees, including the Council of Deans and Academic Council.
“Dr. Tatum is a young man of outstanding ability and great potential,” said Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and the University’s provost. “We believe he will take the college of education to a new level.”