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James Lentini named provost of Oakland University

05/13/2013

James Lentini
James P. Lentini, dean of Miami University's School of Creative Arts, has been named senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

The appointment, beginning July 8, is pending formal approval by the Oakland University board of trustees. At Oakland, the provost has oversight responsibility for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education and Human Services, Business Administration, Engineering and Computer Science, Nursing, Health Sciences and the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Lentini has served as dean of the School of Creative Arts at Miami since 2007. Among highlights of his career at Miami, Lentini:
  • fostered the creation of new degree programs
  • reorganized staffing for fundraising and advising and implemented new tenure-track joint appointments
  • implemented strategies that led to a retention rate of 91 percent and six-year graduation rate of 82 percent
  • opened a new arts center on campus
  • expanded national visibility for Miami with a “Year of the Arts” celebration, the performance of 417 students in choral and instrumental groups at Carnegie Hall last fall, and two public performances of the marching band – in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011 and in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in January.

Prior to Miami, Lentini was the founding dean of the School of Art, Media and Music at the College of New Jersey from 2003-2007. He was acting chair of Wayne State University’s department of music from 2000-2001 and associate chair 1997-2000 and 2001-2003.

"Jim raised the expectations and success of the School of Creative Arts," said David Hodge, Miami's president. "He was the one who had the vision for the Year of the Arts, a vision that he pursued vigorously and to great effect. He will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his new position."

A composer and classical guitarist, he has had numerous original compositions performed and recorded nationally and internationally. His music appears on the Naxos label’s American Classics series; and his awards include Andres Segovia International Composition Award; first prize in the Choral Composition Contest at Bluffton College; Visiting Artist Residency in Composition at the American Academy in Rome; and the ASCAP Standard Panel Award 1991-2013.

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