Toni-Marie Montgomery, dean of Kansas University's School of Fine Arts, says she began laying the foundation last year to ensure the future success of the music, dance and art and design departments.
First on the list was filling openings and bringing "into the fold" recently hired faculty.
"We're hiring a huge number of faculty," Montgomery said. "I feel real partial about the hires. I got my first choice in each case, and they will augment the level of activity and instruction we provide. We can really plan now."
Among the new faculty and staff this year are:
Tim Van Leer, executive director of the Lied Center. He replaces Jackie Davis, who in June 2000 accepted a job as executive director of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Lawrence Mallett, chair of the music and dance department. He replaces Stephen Anderson, who is now dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Kim Haaheim, music composition.
Clarence Henry, ethnomusicology.
Genaro Mendez, voice/tenor.
Scott Murphy, music theory.
Roberta Schwartz, musicology.
Joyce Castle, voice/mezzo-soprano.
Pamela Hinchman, voice/soprano.
Yoonmi Nam, printmaking.
Three design positions also are expected to be filled.
Montgomery said she is pleased with the Brown Bag Classic series and the Collage Concert that were established last year. The Brown Bag Classic features half-hour concerts by faculty and students at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Kansas Union. This year the event may be expanded to include talks by faculty on topics such as creativity or texture.
The Collage Concert brought together the fine arts disciplines in the spring for a performance. This year, the Collage Concert will be Oct. 11 in the Lied Center.
Montgomery also said she will be "fund-raising and friend-raising" to find money for scholarships and graduate fellowships so the school "can be competitive in recruiting and retaining talented students."