Shirk Named Interim Director of IOA

Posted: June 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Joseph Shirk, chair of the Music Department, has been named the interim director of the Institute of the Arts (IOA). Joseph Kanyan, who was the associate chair of the Music Department, will take Shirk’s place as chair. Also, by next summer, the Music Department will likely move from the College of Arts and Sciences to IOA.

A committee will be established to consider IOA’s organization and to start a search for a new director or dean. The changes will happen in two stages, says Provost Peter Stearns. First, the status of the institute and whether it should become a school of its own will be considered. Then, based on that decision, a search for a director or dean will begin. Stearns says the search for permanent leadership should begin in early fall.

In the meantime, as interim director of the institute, Shirk will lead efforts to create an environment more appropriate to the size and demands of the faculty and students in the growing academic divisions of Art and Visual Technologies, Dance, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts, and Theater.

The direction and scope of IOA have been changing rapidly, and these changes have prompted both shifts in management structure and a broader review of the institute’s title and organization. As part of this reorganization, Betsy Brininger, former director of IOA, became director of the Center for the Arts within the institute.

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