COLUMBUS – The Higher Education Center is pleased to welcome Jim Lange, Ph.D. as our new Executive Director. Dr. Lange comes to us from San Diego State University, where he remains the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives. His expertise in campus prevention efforts is based upon over 16 years at SDSU, and over 20 years of prolific research in the field of AOD prevention. He’s credited with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and over 120 conference presentations. Dr. Lange has also spearheaded statewide and local coalitions and major prevention initiatives. He’s served the collegiate prevention field as the executive committee co-chair of The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol Other Drug Issues, and served as the Region VI NASPA AOD Knowledge Community Representative.
On assuming this role Jim shared, “I’m thrilled to take on this leadership role within the center. As those who know me may attest, I’m passionate about the dissemination of evidence-based programs that can move the needle on AOD issues on our college campuses. HECAOD has been an important part of that process. I’m looking forward to continuing the center’s mission of service to the field, and advancing prevention, intervention, and recovery support on campuses across the nation.”
One of Jim’s first actions as Executive Director was to approve the resumption of HECAOD’s National Meeting. Our next meeting is set for October 15-18, 2018, here in Columbus. He’s also helped plan a new set of Learning Collaboratives, focused on recovery and prescription drug misuse, that will be released this academic year for our institutional subscribers. On September 20th, HECAOD will also host a webinar with Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director of NIAAA’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, on his new research on the magnitude and trends of heavy episodic drinking among college-age adults. Dr. Hingson’s webinar, as well as future research webinars, will be offered as open access and without charge. HECAOD looks forward to these future events and having Dr. Lange on the team.