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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: August 26, 1999


President Announces School of the Arts


A new School of the Arts will open at California State University, Sacramento, President Donald R. Gerth announced today in his annual fall address to faculty and staff. The school is targeted to open Jan. 23, 2000 with a new director in place by the end of the fall semester.

The School of the Arts will integrate visual and performing art programs from throughout the University within the College of Arts and Letters. The new school initially will combine the art, music and theater departments, along with the programs of design and dance.

The University plans to formally unveil the new school's program in conjunction with the University's annual Festival of the Arts in April 2000.

President Gerth said, "The decision will ensure the ability of CSUS to continue to offer top quality cultural arts programs to the region." Among the goals, Gerth said, is for the programs to continue to strengthen and develop their ability to provide performances, exhibits and other forms of artistic interaction with the Sacramento community.

William J. Sullivan Jr., dean of the Colleges of Arts and Letters, said the new school will give art students and faculty a cohesive identity. "I am thrilled at the opportunity to foster a strong relationship between the excellent arts programs on campus with those of the Sacramento area arts community," Sullivan said.

The University has been exploring the concept over the past year and made the decision to form the new unit following extensive study of the fine and performing arts program, which included consulting community arts leaders.

An implementation committee will immediately begin the work to coalesce the school, which will include nearly 50 full time faculty, 15 part time faculty, 650 student majors and 60 graduate students. There are also about 2,000 students each semester who take a general education arts course.

For more information contact William Sullivan at (916) 278-7674 or Rollin Potter, music department chair, as (916) 278-5155.

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