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March 22, 2017From: Texas Womans University
DENTON After an extensive national search, Texas Woman's University on March 21, 2017 announced it has tapped Alan C. Utter, Ph.D., M.P.H, as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Utter currently serves as the interim Vice Provost for Research and a professor in the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina. Prior to that, he directed ASU's Health Promotion academic degree program.
"Dr. Utter's lifetime interest in research and subject matter expertise in health and wellness align particularly well with our university's historic strengths and commitment to holistic student success," said Carine M. Feyten, chancellor and president.
Utter, who earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Pittsburgh in exercise science, epidemiology and exercise physiology, has played a major role in expanding ASU's faculty research by 50 percent, totaling $16 million between 2014 and 2016. In addition, over the past two decades he has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific/medical journal articles and is the co-inventor of a patent on a system and method for monitoring body weight and nutrition.
As founding director of ASU's Office of Student Research, he led funding of more than 4,800 student research/travel grants
"Impressively, Dr. Utter achieved that student research growth with support from faculty across the ASU campus, including the academic disciplines of drama, dance, art and music," Feyten added. "He also led North Carolina's first online degree program in health promotion, which continues successfully as a national collaborative relationship with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. We appreciate his awareness of, and commitment to, the increasing need to achieve financial equilibrium through private-public relationships, external grants and contracts, online learning and strategic enrollment management."
Utter's professional focus on health and wellness runs personally deep as well. As a former Division I collegiate student-athlete and assistant coach, he competed in three NCAA championships and was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Blue-Gold Award in 1990 for the outstanding student-athlete of the graduating class for all sports combined.
In 2013, he was selected to serve as a finalist for president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and was elected to the ACSM Board of Trustees and served as President of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine.
Utter said he's looking forward to working with Chancellor Feyten and TWU faculty, staff and students "to implement and further define TWU's Strategic Plan 2022 Learn to Thrive."
"To have a strategic plan that highlights health, veterans, women's leadership, and experiential learning provides an opportunity to significantly affect every student's educational experience now and for years to come," he said. "I am both humbled and honored to join the TWU academic community to continue the outstanding work that is being conducted across the university's three campuses."