New Deans Appointed for New College

Posted: August 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Dean William Reeder of the new College of Visual and Performing Arts has announced several administrative appointments. Rick Davis, currently artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), is the new associate dean of the college and artistic director of the Center for the Arts. Linda G. Miller, chair of the Department of Dance, assumes the role of assistant dean for student affairs and advancement, and Scott Martin, chair of the Art and Visual Technology Department, becomes assistant dean for technology, research, and advancement.

Davis, who served as the interim director of the Institute of the Arts prior to the formation of the college, will work with the academic units to create artistic collaborations that draw upon the talents of the professional artists appearing at the Center for the Arts. A Mason faculty member since 1991, he has directed many of TFA’s productions including, most recently, Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Prior to coming to Mason, he was dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore’s Center Stage.

As assistant dean for student affairs and advancement, Miller will draw upon her knowledge of the Washington arts arena to assist in the structuring and oversight of student programs, including internships. In addition to her new responsibilities, Miller continues as chair of Dance. With an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Hawaii, she has performed with many companies, including Cincinnati Ballet and Opera, Joffrey II, and Washington Opera. Miller was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for her choreography of Interact’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

In his new position Martin will help introduce new uses of technology in the arts, and support and foster innovative research endeavors throughout the college. Martin, who is also director/founder of Mason’s Internet Multimedia Center, will continue as chair of Art and Visual Technology. Martin previously served as coordinator of music media technology at Alabama State University and is a prolific composer with more than 500 works for various ensembles to his credit.

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