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Ransdell returns to Boise State as Department of Kinesiology chair

Lynda Ransdell

The College of Health Sciences, the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Department of Kinesiology announced Lynda Ransdell will join Boise State as the new chair of kinesiology on July 24.

Ransdell earned her PhD from Arizona State in exercise and wellness education. She subsequently received tenure in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. From 2004-2012, she worked as Boise State kinesiology faculty and served as department head. The department was then housed in the College of Education.

Since 2012, Ransdell has held a variety of administrative positions including an associate dean role at Arizona State and as dean of health and human science colleges at Montana State University-Bozeman, Northern Arizona University, and Northern Illinois University. In her scholarly work, Ransdell has authored or co-authored over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications, and has participated in sponsored projects totaling over $5 million.

“I’m beyond excited to return to the place where I started my leadership journey almost 18 years ago, and to a place where I spent nine years of my career,” Ransdell said. “Some of the best work of my career was completed at Boise State, with faculty from the department, and with students who are out making a difference in the world. My passion is in kinesiology, and I’m excited to return to the discipline and to all of the incredible faculty, staff and students in the kinesiology department.”

“Lynda’s breadth of scholarly experiences in the broad field of kinesiology, along with her extensive history of academic leadership, will be of great value to the department, the School of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, and the university,” said Bob Wood, assistant dean of research for the College of Health Sciences and director of the School of Allied Health Sciences. “We are so thrilled to welcome Ransdell back to the Treasure Valley. When you get a chance, please join us in extending a warm welcome as she transitions to Boise in the coming months.”