Dean, College of Fine Arts
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Chinese proverb
What drew you to the higher education world?
Although I am a dean now, I can trace my career back to when I started college many years ago. I knew then that I wanted to attend graduate school and ultimately to have a career in higher education. And now, after being appointed dean here at SFA — and after a host of university faculty positions — I’m still pursuing the goals I set for myself back in my college days.
What do you enjoy most about your role at SFA?
The College of Fine Arts is unique in many ways among all other colleges at SFA. Externally, with 40,000 visitors attracted to CFA activities each year, the College of Fine Arts is a “window” to the university through which the community forms its understanding of the institution. Internally, fine arts students gain a unique aspect to their educations inasmuch as arts disciplines develop creative and analytical thinking skills that parallel skills developed within other disciplines. I find it very rewarding to see faculty and students succeed and make great achievements as a result of my support for them.
What do you hope students gain from SFA?
I want all of our students to be able to dream what the ideal could be for them, and then find the inspiration and motivation to reach deep from within to make those dreams become their reality.
What are you passionate about outside of your role at SFA?
Just about any conversation I engage in, outside of College of Fine Arts topics, is somehow going to end up gravitating to the topic of cars. I love them all, from sports cars to low-riders to imports to muscle cars to Grand Prix racing to detailing my favorite rides on weekends.
Education and Experience
- Dean, College of Fine Arts
- Director, School of Music
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1995-2007)
Awards / Achievements
- Over 40 works published in various higher education and music periodicals
- Invited consultant and visiting evaluator for over 15 universities nationally for the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music
- Elected to National Association of Schools of Music Board of Directors
- Over a $1.5 million in grants brought to the institutions I have served from various foundations, including the Humanities Texas Foundation (Texas affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Union Pacific Foundation
- Established international study abroad exchanges to “import and export” students between the College of Fine Arts, and institutions in England, Australia, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and China