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Ohio University names Charles McWeeny dean of College of Fine Arts

ATHENS, Ohio (April 28, 2006) -- Charles A. McWeeny has been named dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, effective May 1, President Roderick J. McDavis announced today. McWeeny was named interim dean of the college in August 2005.

Charles McWeeny photo by Rick Fatica"Following an extensive national search, we recognized that Chuck was the best person to serve as dean of the College of Fine Arts. During his time as interim dean, Chuck has been a strong advocate for the mission and vision of the College of Fine Arts and Ohio University," President McDavis said. "Under his leadership, he has sought support for creative research through the allocation of Vision OHIO implementation funds, focused on African Arts by establishing a new faculty position in that area, and taken steps to increase annual planned giving to the college." 

McWeeny, who served as associate dean for the college for four years before being named interim dean, will oversee the six fine and performing arts schools in the college: the schools of art, dance, film, music, theater and interdisciplinary arts. He succeeds Raymond Tymas-Jones, who accepted the position as associate vice president for the arts and dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.

"As interim dean, Chuck helped advance the mission of the college. He helped create the Aesthetics Technology Lab (also known as the @Lab), a model for graduate and faculty creative research at the intersection of art and technology," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "Along with his colleagues he helped guide the development of the college's ceramic program into one of the top five in the country."

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with the talented students, faculty and staff in the College of Fine Arts," McWeeny said. "I look forward to joining President McDavis, Provost Kathy Krendl and fellow deans as we strive to bring the university to national prominence. I will work tirelessly as an advocate for the arts, in the studio, in the classroom, in the college, and in the university and community."

McWeeny earned a bachelor of arts degree from Cleveland State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. McWeeny, whose expertise is in ceramics, joined the university's College of Fine Arts in 1983 and was promoted to professor in 1997. He was graduate chair of the School of Art from 1998 to 2001 and was named associate dean in July 2001.

McWeeny has exhibited his ceramic installations and sculpture nationally and internationally. He received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council in 1997 and 1999 and has lectured and conducted demonstrations at more than 20 schools and conferences.

Charles Smith, professor of theater, chaired the committee that conducted a national search for the dean.

"I thank Charles Smith and the members of the search committee for overseeing a comprehensive search. We had a talented group of applicants for this position and appreciate those candidates' interest in our deanship," President McDavis said.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, (740) 597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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