Major Professional Experience

Dean, College of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 2010 to present (interim dean July 2010 to June 2012)

Responsible for overall strategic and operating leadership for a college of five schools (Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music), eight interdisciplinary degree programs, six research centers, 160 faculty (120 full time), 60+ staff and approximately 1300 students.  Duties include the development and maintenance of strong relationships with alumni and the professional community, financial support for the College, and sustainable strategies to ensure the long-term viability, programming, and financial stability of the schools and related academic and research units; promote and support outreach to other schools and colleges within Carnegie Mellon; and develop and sustain interdisciplinary programs and initiatives that further the mission and goals of the college and the university.

Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 2009 to June 2010

Responsible for assisting the Dean of the College of Fine Arts with leadership duties of the college: participate in review and search committees (including ex-officio membership on the college review committee for re-appointment, tenure and promotion processes), co-chair the college council, advise transitional students and self-defined majors, represent the CFA Dean as necessary, and serve on several college and university committees, including the CFA academic actions sub-committee, interdisciplinary programs admissions council, the university-wide associate deans policy groups, and various ad-hoc committees and task forces.

Professor, School of Drama and Director, Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises [see note below]
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 1992 to present

Provide leadership for two professional graduate degree programs (Master of Arts Management and Master of Entertainment Industry Management) with a combined enrollment of approximately 100 students and an applied research center, The Center for Arts Management and Technology.  Duties include curriculum planning and development, adjunct faculty hiring and evaluation, recruitment, resource development, student advising, and alumni relations, plus the other routine duties related to the administration of a semi-autonomous academic unit.  Create, implement, monitor and evaluate the Institute’s program structure, budget, marketing and fundraising activities.  Teach three courses (Systems of Structures of Creative Enterprises, Strategic Planning for Creative Enterprises, and Arts Marketing), and serve as faculty advisor/instructor on Systems Synthesis projects (capstone management projects done in lieu of theses).  The position reports to the deans of the College of Fine Arts and of Heinz College.

Associate Dean, H. John Heinz III College
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 2005 to July 2007

Responsible for the academic administration of Heinz College’s four full-time graduate-degree programs – Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Master of Arts Management, Master of Entertainment Industry Management, and Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management – with a combined enrollment of approximately 400 students.  Duties included curriculum planning and development, adjunct faculty hiring and evaluation, student recruitment, student advising, and alumni relations, plus the other routine duties related to the administration of professional degree programs.

Director, Arts and Culture Observatory
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
July 2002 to July 2006

Founded and administered a research initiative that provides independently collected data and objective analysis on the internal and external conditions of non-profit creative enterprises in the Pittsburgh region. The Observatory issued regular reports on the environmental situation and the financial and operational conditions of organizations in the region, along with occasional reports on topics or issues impacting creative enterprises in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Arts Management and Technology
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 1996 to June 2011

Founded and administer a research, training and service center created to investigate computer and information technology systems and their application in the arts management process.  The Center’s research projects include assessing technology needs of artists and arts organizations, development of a non-proprietary grants management database system for funding agencies, and development of cross-platform electronic grant application software.  Training projects included workshops in computer and Internet software programs.  Service programs included Web server space for arts and culture organizations and consultations on hardware and software products.

Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts, and
Coordinator, Graduate Program in Arts Management

School of Theatre Arts, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
July 1989 to July 1992

Taught graduate courses in Arts Management including Principles of Arts Administration, Business Management for the Arts, Arts Marketing and Audience Development, Fundraising and Grantsmanship in the Arts, Trustee/Personnel Management, and Graphics/Printing/Publication Management.   Taught undergraduate course in Theatre Organization and Management.   Served as thesis advisor to Arts Management students.  Supervised nine to 11 graduate assistants in the Arts Management Office.   Established procedures, developed budgets, and directed marketing, promotion, development, business and box office programs in the Arts Management Office (serving various programs and activities in the Schools of Music, Theatre, Dance and Art).

Managing Director
Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk, Virginia
January 1984 to June 1989

Chief Executive Officer for $1.6 million dollar ($2.9 million in 2010 dollars) professional, not-for-profit, LORT B theatre company that produced a six-play subscription season and booked in three to six productions each year.  Raised $800,000 ($1.5 million in 2010 dollars) annually in contributed income.   Administered a $4.0 million ($7.5 million in 2010 dollars) campaign that restored and renovated a historical landmark theatre and adjoining office/shop complex.   Responsibilities included all administrative including finance, marketing, development, human resources, strategic planning, and trustee relations.

Marketing Director
Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 1984 to January 1985

Directed all marketing activities for a professional not-for-profit resident theatre with 15,000 subscribers.

Managing Director
CSC Repertory, New York City
September 1981 to January 1984

Chief Executive Officer for $500,000 ($1.1 million in 2010 dollars) Off-Broadway professional not-for-profit theatre company mounting six productions annually in rotating repertory with a resident company of union actors.  Responsibilities included all administrative areas of the company: finance, marketing, development, human resources, strategic planning, and trustee relations.

Promotions Director
Department of Theatre, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
May 1976 to August 1980

Responsible for all box office, marketing, public relations and front-of-house activities for University Theatre operation and special programs.


NOTE: Only the current job titles are noted in this entry.   Initially hired in 1992 as Assistant Professor and Program Director, Master of Arts Management Program.   Established IMCE and assumed the role of Director upon inauguration of the Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program in 2004.