May 10, 2017
Susan Little Lantz, Ed.D., will join the university on June 1 as vice president for student life. Her appointment follows a national search, which yielded a very strong pool of candidates. Lantz brings extensive experience and an impressive skillset to the position.
Currently an instructor in the Higher Education Graduate Program at the Pennsylvania State University, as dean of students at Bucknell University from 2011 to 2015, she served as chief student affairs officer and was a member of the president’s senior leadership team, as well as the provost council. She managed a division of 70 staff members in 12 departments and represented the president’s leadership team on several committees, including the president’s diversity council, NCAA compliance committee, university-community partnership advisory board, degree completion task force and university assessment committee.
Associate dean of students for Lehigh University from 1999 to 2011, Lantz provided direction, strategic planning and assessment for student affairs. Her accomplishments included expanding the department to include the office of first-year experience, enrollment management and retention responsibilities, increased support for students with disabilities, and expanded tutoring and study skills assistance for students. She also served as chair of a joint student life and academic affairs committee.
Earlier in her career, Lantz worked as director of student programs and director of Greek life and off-campus housing at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she served Bowling Green State University as house director and human relations coordinator, while working on her Master of Arts degree in higher education and student affairs.
Lantz earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation focused on creating parent interactions on college campuses that assist in developing resilience and independent problem-solving in students. She has presented and published extensively.
A native of Williamsport, Pa., Lantz earned an undergraduate degree in English from Dickinson College. She has two sons-one a student at Lewisburg High School and the other a student at Juniata College.
Very involved on campus as a student at Dickinson, she was drawn to a career in student life because of her experience as an undergraduate. “I had one of those aha! moments when I realized I could pursue a career in the work in which so many I admired were engaged,” she said. “From my first day as a graduate student at Bowling Green, I knew I was in the right place. Knowing I could create transformative experiences for students was so rewarding.”
Lantz said she was very impressed with the Susquehanna students she met while on campus. “It’s evident to me that Susquehanna has been very successful in its outreach to important subpopulations of students.
“I enjoyed meeting the student life team and look forward to continuing much of the good work that’s been started, as well as to collaborating with faculty and others to ensure a rich student experience.”
Linda McMillin, provost, dean of the faculty and co-chief operating officer, said she’s delighted that Lantz will be joining Susquehanna’s senior leadership team.
“The search committee, led by Valerie Martin, associate provost and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, did a phenomenal job at vetting a number of excellent candidates. Susan stood out among the rest. Her experience, strong communication skills and collaborative approach make her the perfect person to lead Susquehanna’s student life division at this juncture.”