BU welcomes new dean of graduate studies

For immediate release: July 21, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Lawrence Fritz, a biologist who taught at universities in Nova Scotia, Arizona and Maine, is Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s new assistant vice president and dean of graduate studies and research. Fritz fills the vacancy created by the retirement of James Matta.

Most recently chair and professor of the department of biological sciences and director of the professional science master’s program at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, Fritz previously taught biology and conducted research at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Earlier in his career, he was a research officer with the National Research Council-Canada, Institute for Marine Biosciences.

From 2000 to 2002, Fritz was a program director with the National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure, Arlington, Va. In that capacity, he distributed more than $50 million in research grants and gained insight into the components of successful grant applications, which he’s shared in workshops.

Fritz, who was born in New York City and grew up in Media, near Philadelphia, was involved in research and teaching at the University of the Philippines Aquaculture Center as a Peace Corps volunteer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York, Stony Brook, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University and completed post-doctoral study in cell biology at Harvard University.

During his first months at BU, Fritz said he plans to meet with faculty to discuss existing graduate-level programs and identify expertise related to possible new programs.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.