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Leadership Announcements

July 7, 2014 

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to report four recent additions to our leadership team.

First, it gives me great pleasure to announce that, following a national search, Laurence Kaptain, DMA and FRSA, has been appointed dean of the College of Arts & Media (CAM), effective August 1. Dr. Kaptain comes to us from Louisiana State University, where he served most recently as the founding director of creative initiatives in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In his prior position as dean of LSU’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts, he was known as an energetic, visionary and well-respected creative leader. He previously served as dean at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va., professor and director of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (Ga.), and professor, assistant provost and vice provost at the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

A highly accomplished percussionist and symphonic cimbalom artist, Dr. Kaptain’s national visibility in arts studies place him in a position of thought leadership in the arts nationally and internationally. We’re fortunate to have someone of his caliber join us at this critical juncture for CAM, and I’m confident in his ability to lead the college to new creative achievements. I’d like to thank Laura Goodwin for her service as interim dean since 2012, as well as the search committee chaired by College of Architecture and Planning Dean Mark Gelernter that led to the selection of Dr. Kaptain.

Second, with the retirement of Dr. Barry Shur as dean of the Graduate School, Terry Potter, PhD, will serve as acting dean from July 1 until the search for a new dean has been completed. It is my intent to charge a search committee to begin their work in September. I know that with Dr. Potter’s capable leadership our important graduate programs will be in good hands. A member of the Department of Immunology at National Jewish Health and the CU School of Medicine since 1988, he has a long history with graduate education. Dr. Potter joined the Provost’s Office full time in 2009 and is currently associate vice chancellor for Academic Planning. 

And finally, I’m pleased to announce new leadership in our Office of International Affairs (OIA). Also starting July 1, John Sunnygard, MIM/MBA, will be executive director of international affairs, and Alana Jones, MSPA, will be deputy director. Both have served ably at OIA in an interim capacity for the past nine months. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Sunnygard has worked in international education for nearly 30 years, including as our director of Global Education since 2008. Ms. Jones started her career supporting polar research in Antarctica, and has managed international programs operating on all seven continents. She has been with us since 2012 as director of international operations. Thanks to Associate Vice Chancellor Regina Kilkenny for interim leadership of OIA over the past year and to the search committee chaired by Business School Professor Manuel Serapio.

I am excited for what the future holds for our university with these talented and accomplished new leaders on our team, in addition to those announced in May. Please join me in congratulating them on their new positions.

Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

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