Tulane School Of Professional Advancement Hires Dornier, Lenaz

NEW ORLEANS — The Tulane School of Professional Advancement announced the addition of Lanie A. Dornier, Ph.D. as Professor of Practice and Program Director, Health & Wellness, and Gerald (Jerry) W. Lenaz as Professor of Practice and Program Director, Business and Leadership Studies.

         Dr. Dornier comes to Tulane with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She received her B.S. degree from Louisiana State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Auburn University. Dr. Dornier is the recipient of the Roger Thomas Luffey Endowed Professorship in Education, Louisiana Tech University, 2007-2017. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. Dornier served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and as Chair of the Kinesiology Department at Louisiana Tech University, where she developed curricula based on allied health. Her primary area of focus is motor learning/control, and she has taught courses in sports psychology, sociology of sport and research methods.

         “I am excited to be joining an energetic group of professionals in the newly named School of Professional Advancement,” Dr. Dornier said. “I have a passion for my field of Health & Wellness and look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to develop and grow our program into a nationally recognized program serving adult learners.”

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         Lenaz was previously the Director of Business Services at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, helping entrepreneurs grow their business by providing greater access to education, capital and support services. He also worked in the telecommunications industry as a business development and product manager, launching new industrial and consumer products and initiatives throughout the Gulf South.

         Originally from New Jersey, Lenaz has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Tulane University, AB Freeman School of Business. He is committed to the growth of the New Orleans region and invests his time in various economic, cultural and nonprofit organizations aimed at strengthening the city’s assets and support services. Lenaz sits on the boards of various nonprofits in New Orleans; volunteers for WWOZ-FM, a community radio station; and co-founded the Disco Amigos, a Mardi Gras parading and performance troupe.

         “I’m looking forward to elevating the business programs offered at the School of Professional Advancement to meet the current needs of the business market,” Lenaz said. “By developing additional bachelor's and master's programs, leveraging technology to offer more courses online and providing access to the faculty and resources Tulane offers, I hope to make the Tulane School of Professional Advancement program the premier continuing education provider in the Gulf South and nationwide.”

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