Brigham Young University has appointed Sara Lee Gibb as the new dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. She replaces Robert Conlee, who was dean for 10 years and plans to return to full-time teaching and research.

The appointment was effective Aug. 1.

A professor of dance who served as chair of the Dance Department and associate dean of the college, Gibb developed the Dance Teacher Preparation program at BYU, founded the BYU Children's Dance Program and created courses in dance methodology, body therapies and pedagogy, as well as an introduction to dance course for university students.

She is president of the National Dance Education Organization and served eight years as a member of the board of directors of the Utah Arts Council, including three years as chairwoman.

A BYU graduate and member of the faculty since 1965, Gibb has completed teaching residencies in Japan and Korea and has taught in China, among other accomplishments.