Dr. Ian Lapp, associate dean for strategic educational initiatives and lecturer on global health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been named dean of the undergraduate school at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, effective in April.
Dr. Lapp has been at Harvard for the last five years, and previously served at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for 10 years. At Harvard he led a multi-year educational strategic planning process, a school-wide effort to mark the school’s centennial, which resulted in several new degree programs. He also led the school’s innovation efforts in technology and interactive learning and at the university level, served as the inaugural co-chair of Harvard’s Teaching and Learning Consortium. He has been active in public health at the national level during his time at Harvard, chairing a number of major committees for the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and serving as a member of the Framing the Future Taskforce. Dr. Lapp is currently president of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Council, which oversees institutional accreditation in public health. Dr. Lapp is a member of the board of directors for the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), which oversees the certification process of professionals in public health. Internationally, he has represented Harvard on educational activities in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa.