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:
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.