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Message from the Dean Steven Perry
School of Contemporary Arts

Steve PerryAs the college embarks on its new initiative to reach G.O.L.D. “Graduates of the Last Decade,” I share few notes about the school that you might find of interest. First, at the end of this academic year, I will step down from my position as Dean after twenty years of service.  After a year-long administrative leave I will return to the faculty to teach design courses and design scenery for the Theater program.  Although I have enjoyed my time as Dean, I am very excited about the prospect of working more closely with students and my amazing faculty colleagues.  My successor will be —-Peter Campbell, who will serve as Interim Dean, for a two-year term.

In the months remaining, I have a few initiatives I hope to complete for the school.  I will continue to work with a faculty task force to finalize the plans for our new Contemporary Arts Pathways Program.  The primary goal of this initiative is to help students prepare for the transition from college to the professional world.  Our plan has three components:  enhancement of our Co-op/internship program; the formalization of a CA artist/lecture series to bring working artists and professionals to speak and work with our students; and an “Identity and Reflection” component, which asks students to formulate and share their thoughts about themselves and their personal and career goals.  As a side note to this, I have accomplished my goal of having all students in the school be required to complete at least one Co-op/Internship for graduation, with the Visual Arts major adding the requirement in next year’s catalog.

Acknowledging the data provided by an external consultant showing strong market interest, we are considering adding a new major in Public Relations, perhaps with a secondary focus on advertising.  I will be working with a group of faculty and some expert consultants in order to design the new major during the spring semester, with hopes of launching the program in the fall of 2019 or 2020.

Lastly, I continue to advocate for additional music practice space on campus for the burgeoning interest in music performance and production.  My goal is to have a space identified and approved by the senior administration in order to pursue grant funding for any necessary renovation while I remain in the office.

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