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Committee tasked with finding new dean of College of Arts and Media


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Moore Hall, the location of the College of the Arts and Media, on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

A national search for a new dean of the College of the Arts and Media at Central Michigan University has begun after a committee was appointed by Provost and Executive Vice President Mary C. Schutten. Elizabeth Kirby has served as interim dean since Janet Hethorn retired in 2020.

The search will take place during the Fall 2021 semester. CMU has hired Greenwood/Asher & Associates to assist in the search.

There are 12 members appointed to the committee from a variety of departments within the college. Senior Vice Provost for Academic Administration Ray Christie, was appointed as the committee chair. The members of the committee are:

  • Elizabeth Carlson, associate professor in the Department of Communication.
  • Jeremy Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design.
  • Trevor Diehl, assistant professor in the Department of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts.
  • Brian Elder, chair of the Department of Art and Design.
  • Richard Ren, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and member of the Integrative Public Relations Council.
  • Jonathon Russell, associate dean of the College of the Arts and Media.
  • Heather Trommer-Beardslee, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
  • Eric Tucker, director of the School of Music.
  • Tracy Watson, associate professor in the School of Music and the Department of Music Theatre.
  • Sandra Wilson, manager of business operations in the College of the Arts and Media.
  • Zulfia Zaher, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism.
  • Erica Peters, executive assistant to the provost.

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