Lori Ploutz-Snyder named dean of the School of Kinesiology

Lori Ploutz-Snyder

From the University Record:

Lori Ploutz-Snyder, a senior scientist with the Universities Space Research Association at the NASA Johnson Space Center, will serve as the next dean of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.

Her five-year appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective July 1.

Ploutz-Snyder also was appointed professor of movement science, with tenure. She replaces Dean Ronald Zernicke, who will step down June 30 after more than six years of service.

"Professor Ploutz-Snyder brings an impressive background, leading research programs in both university and government arenas," Provost and Executive Vice President Martha E. Pollack says.

"Her experience in international collaboration, and in negotiation and strategic planning position her to guide the School of Kinesiology in the development and support areas of research excellence."

Ploutz-Snyder currently serves as a lead scientist for the exercise physiology and countermeasures project, at the NASA Johnson Space Center and Universities Space Research Association.

"I am honored to be selected and am very excited to join the University of Michigan community," says Ploutz-Snyder. "The School of Kinesiology is already extremely successful and I am particularly excited to work with the faculty, staff and students to further develop the school's collaborations.

"Kinesiology's diversity of academic programs and faculty expertise is a strength of the school and ideally positions us to pursue unique collaborations including many of the university's big initiatives."

Photo: USRA Division of Space Life Sciences