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Lutz named interim COE dean

J. Gary Lutz

J. Gary Lutz, Ed.D. ’69 will serve as interim dean of the College of Education through the Spring 2008 semester. Lutz was named interim dean in May, replacing Sally A. White, who served as dean and professor at Lehigh for six years.

White, who is currently on sabbatical leave, has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She will also be a professor in their psychology department and assume the role on Sept. 10.

The appointment of Lutz, a proven leader who has spent three-and-a-half decades teaching at Lehigh, to guide the college and its programs was announced by Lehigh Provost Mohamed S. El-Aasser.

“Dr. Lutz is highly regarded among the Lehigh community for his thoughtful demeanor, and his wise counsel and expertise have proved invaluable on the many committees, task forces and university councils that he has served on throughout the years,” says El-Aasser. “He is an exemplary leader whose contributions to Lehigh and to the College of Education are appreciated by one and all, and we’re confident that, under his leadership, the college will continue to raise its national profile for innovative and ground-breaking educational research.”

Lutz is excited about the challenges of his new role. "The faculty, staff, and students of our college are outstanding at what they do. I'm very much looking forward to helping facilitate their continuing efforts,” says Lutz.

Lutz received three separate degrees from Lehigh—a B.S. in engineering physics in 1965, a master’s degree in education in 1968 and then a doctorate in educational research in 1969.

In addition to providing data analytic support for a wide variety of research endeavors within the College of Education, Lutz has published in the area of univariate and multivariate statistical modeling, with particular attention to model unification and post-hoc optimization. He has also developed and published a number of special purpose computational units as well as stand-alone statistical programs.

Lutz is an expert in the field of educational research methodology and is the author and co-author of numerous articles whose topics range from applied human subject studies to multivariate statistical theory.

--Bill Doherty

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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