Posted: January 18, 2000
President Donald R. Gerth has announced that California State University, Sacramento's new School of the Arts will be led by longtime area arts supporter and CSUS music department chair Rollin R. Potter.
Potter was chosen to be the director of the School of the Arts partly for his commitment to and understanding of the University's and capital region's art scene.
The CSUS School of the Arts, which brings a newfound cohesiveness and energy to University visual and performing art programs, debuts in April during the University's eighth annual Festival of the Arts (April 2 - 9). The new School combines the disciplines of art, design, music, theatre and dance.
Potter has organized the University's annual Festival of the Arts, a week-long event celebrating arts of all types with presentations and performances, since its inception in 1993.
For the past seven years, Potter has served on the Capital Public Radio board of directors. He is a former board member of the Sacramento Symphony. From 1991 to 1993, he served on the board of directors for the Sacramento Chamber Music Society. Just this month, Potter was appointed to the Sacramento Business Volunteers for the Arts board of directors.
"The members of the search committee and I were unanimously impressed by Dr. Potter's enthusiasm for the potential in the new School of the Arts," says William Sullivan, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. "His community experience will allow him to have a 'running start' on achieving the goals of the new School's success."
A woodwind musician and former university band conductor, Potter holds degrees from DePaul University of Chicago and VanderCook College of Music.
He earned his doctorate degree at Northwestern University. He is also the first official biographer of the eminent conductor Fritz Reiner, known for directing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the 1950s.
Before coming to CSUS in 1990, Potter was the music chair at the College of New Jersey. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he chaired Southwest State University's music department. He has taught courses in conducting and music education.
As the new director of the School of the Arts, Potter will work with nearly 60 full-time faculty, over 40 part-time faculty, nearly 800 student majors and 90 graduate students. Another 2,000 students each semester take general education arts courses.
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