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Meet the Dean


Dr. Matthew Shaftel, Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Matthew Shaftel 2023


Dear future students, alumni, and friends,

What a warm welcome I’ve enjoyed at OHIO since joining the College of Fine Arts in 2017! Together, with Faculty, Alumni, and our new student advisory board, we have a new 31-initiative vision to build on the tremendous legacy of the College of Fine Arts. This plan includes 11 new undergraduate and graduate degrees across all divisions, and a rekindling of our commitment to the transformation of our students as they transform the community throughout the region.

Please explore our programs, I'm confident you'll find the resources you are looking for, and if you still have questions, reach out to us! We look forward to connecting with you for the first time or once again!  Alumni, tell us your story! Recent graduates, don't be strangers—we're proud of your accomplishments and hope you stay in touch on the transformative journey the arts open in your life.



Matthew Shaftel, Ph. D.
Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts
College of Fine Arts at Ohio University