College of Health, Education and Human Development Dean Lawrence R. Allen has announced that he will step down from his tenure as dean, effective July 1, 2014.

College of Health, Education and Human Development Dean Lawrence R. Allen has announced that he will step down from his tenure as dean, effective July 1, 2014.
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CLEMSON — Clemson University College of Health, Education and Human Development (HEHD) Dean Lawrence R. Allen has announced that he will step down effective July 1.

At that time, he will return to the faculty of the parks, recreation and tourism management department, where he holds tenure and was chairman earlier in his Clemson career.

An interim dean will be appointed by June 30, according to Clemson Interim Provost Nadim Aziz.

A 24-year veteran of the college, Allen became dean in May 2003. Prior to assuming the deanship, he served as interim dean, associate dean for research and curriculum development and professor.

The college has experienced continued growth during Allen’s years as dean, adding numerous initiatives in nursing; education; public health sciences; and parks, recreation and tourism management. In addition to amassing more than $66.3 million in research dollars, the college added several academic programs and expanded its presence around the globe.

Examples of the college’s international efforts include public health sciences faculty collaborations in Costa Rica, China, Vietnam and Australia; sustainable tourism efforts in East Africa; tiger conservative initiatives in Southeast Asia; education leadership training in Kenya and Chile; an Institute for Family and Neighborhood Life Ph.D. program cohort in Albania; and numerous study-abroad programs and medical mission trips.

Other college accomplishments during Allen’s tenure include:

  • establishing state-of-the-art facilities, such as the School of Nursing’s Clinical Learning and Research Center and Eugene T. Moore School of Education’s Digital Media and Learning Lab;
  • developing the HEHD Learner Dispositions – characteristics (working collaboratively, leading creatively, demonstrating resilience and an entrepreneurial spirit, possessing ethical conduct, possessing global perspective, becoming lifelong learners, appreciating diversity and understanding the complex global economy) that have been emphasized throughout the college’s curricula;
  • creating the Center for Research and Collaborative Activities, which supports HEHD research partnerships and productivity;
  • establishing the Open Parks Network, which provides information and tools to support the stewardship of protected areas;
  • bringing outstanding national leaders to the college, including former National Parks Service Director Fran Mainella, who is a visiting scholar, and NASA astronaut Pat Forrester, who recently served as an ambassador and facilitator of STEM-related projects in Upstate schools;
  • expanding the scope and reach of the college’s Academic Advising Center;
  • planning and implementing the college’s strategic plan;
  • establishing an External Advisory Board; and
  • overseeing two positive Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation reviews, as well as positive accreditation reviews in all college units.

“Over the past 24 years, I have served as a professor, department chair and dean in this college, and it has been the best and most rewarding experience of my life,” Allen said. “The faculty, staff and students are unmatched, and their collective commitment to the well-being of people near and far is a marvel. It has been a pleasure to serve alongside them, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to make a difference in people’s lives through research, teaching and service.”

“As interim provost, I want to personally thank Larry for his dedicated years of leadership and faithful service to the college and Clemson University,” Aziz said. “Larry has served Clemson well and he will be missed in his role of dean. I wish him continued success as a member of the Clemson family.”

Before joining the Clemson faculty, Allen was head of the leisure studies department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and chairman of the department of recreation and leisure studies at Temple University. He has also held academic appointments with Hood College, the University of Maryland and the University of Wyoming and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Allen has researched and written extensively about the impact of leisure and tourism services as well as parks, recreation and other out-of-school experiences on individual and community well-being in the U.S. and around the world. Along with colleagues at Clemson, he has authored several articles and manuals about the development and implementation of an outcome-based model of youth program delivery.