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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research


  • Ph.D., Exercise Physiology (Minor: Research Methodology), University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • M.S., Public Health (Emphasis: Epidemiology), University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • B.S., Exercise Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1989


With research and professional associations in the sports medicine field, Utter has led National Institute of Health grant-funded research as well as being a patent holder and co-inventor on a body weight and nutrition monitoring system.  He holds both his doctorate in exercise physiology and a master’s in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

While at Texas Woman’s, Utter served as the chief academic officer over six college units and three campus locations, the main TWU campus in Denton plus additional campuses in Dallas and Houston. In his role as provost, he guided the selection of a founding dean for the newly established College of Business at TWU. He initiated several administrative advances for academic affairs that he had pioneered previously at App State in assisting TWU President Carine M. Feyten.

He began his teaching career at Appalachian State in 1995 as an assistant professor, promoted to associate in 2001 and full professor in 2004. From 1996 to 2002, he was the director of graduate programs within the App State Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science.

As the founding director for the Office of Student Research (OSR) at Appalachian State, he created advisory boards and committees that led to OSR funding more than 400 student research and travel grants a year leading to a significant increase in student participation in undergraduate research. App State led the 16-member University of North Carolina system with the highest overall participation in the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. OSR’s budget grew from $30,000 to $200,000 through his efforts to locate and secure funding for student research.

His success with OSR at App State led to promotion to vice provost for research where he oversaw a 50 percent growth in institutional external funding for research grants and contracts, rising from $10.9 million in 2014 to $16.2 million in 2016.  Among the administrative achievements including establishing four distinct divisions within the Office of Research and setting up its own mission separate from the graduate school.

Currently serving as associate editor for Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise (July 2004 to present) and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (April 2006 to present), he was granted a fellowship in 1999 from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) based on his academic work.  Other notable certifications are ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist for Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Programs, ASCM Registered Clinical Exercise physiologist, and he served for a decade as the director of the ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor workshop.

His research focus is body composition assessment, sport performance, and cardiovascular, metabolic and perceptual responses to exercise.  Utter has more than 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition as well as numerous presentations at regional, national and international meetings.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh for all four of his degrees, Utter was a member of the Panthers’ Division I wrestling program during his undergraduate days, earning the Pitt Blue-Gold Award as the senior athlete with the best combination of academic scholarship, athletic achievement and leadership.

Utter remains involved in athletics through his service to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations and a consultant to the NCAA and the National Wrestling Coaches Association on weight loss issues in wrestlers.

Alan Utter

Contact Information

P: 972-2030


Building: Administration Building
Room: 202D

Alternative Contact

Jeannie Cossey
P: 972-2030