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James Lentini to become dean of fine arts

04/24/2007

Dr. James Lentini
James Lentini, dean of the School of Art, Media and Music at The College of New Jersey, has been named dean of the School of Fine Arts at Miami University. Lentini is a composer and classical guitarist with expertise in computer-based technology in music and the arts. He will assume his new role July 1, 2007.

Lentini, in his fourth year as founding dean at TCNJ, previously served as acting chair and associate chair of the music department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. His compositions have won national and international awards and have been performed and recorded in international venues by leading solo artists and ensembles.

In 2002, he received the Andrés Segovia International Composition Award, Granada, Spain, for his solo guitar composition "Westward Voyage."

His strategic vision for the School at TCNJ included efforts to move the arts to the center of the campus' academic and cultural life and to cultivate cross-disciplinary programs that emphasize new technologies in the arts.

"Jim Lentini brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position of dean of the School of Fine Arts," said Provost Jeffrey Herbst. "An accomplished artist in his own right, he has a thoughtful and nuanced approach to complex issues, including the role of technology in the fine arts and the need to promote interdisciplinary collaboration."

In 2005-2006, his efforts in fundraising and new building construction for music and the arts resulted in endowments and gifts in excess of $1 million and approval of a $30 million project for a new building to house the art department and multimedia areas.

Active in faculty, staff and student recruitment, Lentini stated in his letter to the search committee, "I have been committed in my administration to building diversity in all ranks. I have taken the lead in shaping our recruiting and hiring practices to build a more diverse community. I am proud to say that these efforts have led to recent appointments of faculty from diverse backgrounds, resulting in a more welcoming environment for a variety of students, while broadening our connections to a more inclusive community."

Lentini received a bachelor of music in composition from Wayne State University, a master of music in composition from Michigan State University and a doctor of musical arts in composition from the University of Southern California.

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