Final four COFAMC dean candidates to visit campus

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The dean search for the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication is almost over. The large pool of candidates has now been narrowed down to four according to a press release.

According to the press release the four finalists will give a presentation to faculty and staff and visit with members of the campus over two-day periods.

John de Castro, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and search committee chair, is looking forward to the next step.

“We received over 60 applications from well qualified applicants and interviewed 10 candidates at a neutral site,” de Castro said. “From these the search committee has identified four outstanding finalists. We are truly excited to introduce these remarkable leaders to the SHSU campus and community.”

The four finalists for the dean position are Joseph Kline, dean of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University; Gary Mortenson, director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Kansas State University; Mary Robbins, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at SHSU; and Ronald Shields, professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University.

The first candidate arrives Thursday. The second candidate is scheduled to be on campus April 15-16, the third on April 18-19, and the fourth on April 22-23.

The presentations to faculty and staff are scheduled for each candidate’s first day at 3:45 p.m. in CHSS 140.

“The on-campus interviews allow the students, faculty, staff and community to get to know each candidate and evaluate his or her fit with the culture and vision for the future of the College,” de Castro said. “The committee welcomes input from all stakeholders as it reaches the final stages of the search.”

Kline served as department chair at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mortenson previously served as the head of the department of Music at KSU.

Robbins served as department chair for Language, Literacy and Special Populations at the College of Education at SHSU.

Shields previously held the position of chair of the department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University.

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