Advisory Board

Purpose and Membership

Purpose:  The Advisory Board for the School of Fine and Performing Arts will advise, support, and assist in sustaining and growing the high caliber of academic programs of the School.  The Board will primarily advise and support the Dean, with extensive opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and students, and to learn about current programs and future opportunities in the School.  Through individual and collective efforts, the Advisory Board will advocate for the School of Fine and Performing Arts and bring relevant individual and professional experiences and insights into the process. The work of the Advisory Board will complement department-level efforts by focusing primarily on School-wide goals.

Context and Rationale: The School of Fine & Performing Arts is guided by a belief in the transformative power of art and scholarship. Our liberal and professional studies encourage rigor and risk by challenging tradition while recognizing the value of history. Our programs foster intellectual and creative work informed by contemporary socio-political and cultural contexts. We inspire students to become creative and informed artists, critical thinkers, and leaders who actively contribute to our global community.

Such an educational focus on creative thinking and practice has recently been identified by national business, policy, and educational leaders as precisely what is needed—by individuals, our nation, and the global community—to meet the needs of the 21st century. That focus has direct and natural linkages to organizations and individuals who support the development and refinement of our academic programs. While the liberal arts often claim to be the heart of the university it is the fine and performing arts that are the university’s soul, and we embrace that essential role with a great deal of pride in our accomplishments and strong ambition as we envision our future.

Assuring the future vitality of our arts programs requires the guidance and support of friends and alumni who share our vision and values and are committed to helping the School realize its full potential.  The Advisory Board will help meet that need. 

Key Tasks and Expectations of Board Members:

  • Provide feedback on academic programs and projects and on the strategic plan of the School to keep our educational programs vital and consistent with societal needs.
  • Network with alumni, policy makers, business leaders, other professionals, and the media to advocate for the School of Fine and Performing Arts (and the arts in general) in individual circles of influence.
  • Provide insight and perspective on career opportunities for students that grow out of the fine and performing arts focus of our programs.
  • Provide the Dean, other staff, and faculty with input regarding public relations needs and supply feedback from the broader community about the School.
  • Attend semi-annual Board meetings (typically half-day) and, as feasible, appropriate School or university on-campus events.
  • Consult with the Dean or the Board Chair about Board or School matters between formal meetings of the Board.
  • Serve as a local contact for events and alumni relations.
  • Work in partnership with the SUNY New Paltz Foundation to participate in fundraising by:
  • Assisting in identifying and securing private resources to support the School’s mission;
  • Advising the Dean about prospective donors;
  • Facilitating introductions and meetings with prospective donors;
  • Joining the Dean and Foundation staff on calls to prospective donors, as appropriate;
  • Reviewing and providing input on development plans for the School.
  • Make a generous (self-defined) annual gift to the School of Fine and Performing Arts Advancement Account or another school-wide priority initiative.

Membership:  The Board membership will represent the geographic, ethnic, and gender diversity of friends and alumni of the School and the University, as well as including a variety of disciplines and class years.  The Board shall include a minimum of 12 members, appointed by the Dean for renewable three-year terms.