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John Deal will step down as dean

Dr. John Deal, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will step down when he completes his term this summer.

A professor of music education, he will return to the Music faculty in Fall 2013.

His term comes to a close June 30, 2012.

Deal became dean of the UNCG School of Music in 2001. He became dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) in 2010.

“New deans are hired to take schools to higher levels of excellence, and this is exactly what John Deal has done over the past 11 years,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “He recruited many outstanding faculty to UNCG, and the students admitted to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance are among the very best at UNCG. His visionary accomplishments include establishment of the Music Research Institute. Dean Deal’s role in creation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will leave a lasting legacy on the performing arts at UNCG for many years to come.”

Dr. Sue Stinson will serve as interim dean for the 2012-13 academic year, beginning July 1. She has begun working with Dean Deal on a smooth transition in leadership.

Deal earned his BM in Music Education at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he also earned his MM in Instrumental Conducting. He earned his PhD in Music Education at the University of Iowa.

Additionally, he has done summer work at the Aspen Music Festival and in the Harvard Management Development Program.

He taught at Bowling Green for four years and then was at the University of North Dakota for 13 years. “I got into music administration the last four years there,” he explains.

Next, he was one of three assistant deans of music at Florida State University. He served as interim Dean of Theatre in his last year there.

What is he most proud of in leading Music and later the STMD? He’s hired more than 30 very successful faculty members. The UNCG Music Research Institute was created. As part of the Students First Campaign, the School of Music and advancement officers raised nearly six million dollars for the betterment of the school – and almost another two million since then. And he oversaw the merger of what were the dance department and the theatre department and the School of Music into the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

The latter was “a challenging project, but ultimately well-received – focusing attention on the performing arts on campus. It has created a larger footprint for the arts,” he explains. “And the faculty of music, theatre and dance are better able to see what their colleagues do as teaching and performing artists.

“Students are the beneficiaries of all these things,” he says.

Music, theatre and dance are “destination programs,” he adds. “All three. Students come here specifically for those programs.”

A reception for Dean Deal will be held Thursday, May 10, from 3-5 p.m. in the Recital Hall Atrium, Music Building. You may RSVP here.

By Mike Harris