He also is an excellent problem solver, a good communicator and a creative thinker,” White said.
Geiger has served UT Tyler as dean of the College of Education and Psychology since 2003.
“I have enjoyed my tenure as dean and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of serving UT Tyler through the Office of Academic Affairs,” Geiger said.
Before coming to UT Tyler, he served at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as adviser for the graduate program in teaching persons with severe disabilities, coordinated special education programs and was chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education as well as professor. He later served as associate dean of that school's education college.
Prior to serving the University of Arkansas, he was an assistant professor at Auburn University's Southeast Regional Resource Center.
Geiger holds an Ed.D. in special education with a minor in educational research from the University of Alabama. He also holds an Ed.S. in special education with a minor in psychology as well as a master of education in special education, both from the University of Florida.
He has conducted numerous research and consulted for various entities in the area of special education.
Recognizing his vast work and studies, the Arkansas Federation with the Council for Exceptional Children named him one of the most influential individuals in the development and advancement of education and services for those with disabilities in that state. He also received numerous accolades while at the University of Arkansas, including the Faculty Excellence Award for Service.
Memberships include the Council for Exceptional Children – mental retardation and teacher education divisions and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.