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Announcing the New College of the Arts February 23, 2016

Dear Students,

I am pleased to announce that the University of Houston System Board of Regents has approved the reorganization of the arts departments at UH into a College of the Arts. The new college will include the Schools of Art, Music, Theatre and Dance, the M.A. in Arts Leadership program, the Blaffer Art Museum, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and the Center for Arts Leadership. I have chosen Andrew Davis, currently the director of the Moores School of Music, as the planning dean to oversee all academic and operational affairs in the new college. The college will officially open for the fall semester 2016.

The Board of Regents has endorsed the view held by many of us that the University of Houston and, indeed, the entire city of Houston needs a College of the Arts. The city of Houston is not only the fourth largest city in the United States, but also serves as one of the arts capitals of the nation and a great metropolis for twenty-first century America. Our city's health and stature in a rapidly changing world depends in large part on our ability to continue to synthesize its arts and cultural scenes, including its opportunities for a top-tier, twenty-first century higher education in the arts.

I am confident that Planning Dean Davis will lead us towards a rewarding first year. He has been a faculty member of the Moores School of Music since 2003 and previously held the positions of associate dean in the Honors College and director of graduate studies for the Moores School of Music. Planning Dean Davis was instrumental in bringing a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa society to the University in 2015.

Best wishes and Go Coogs!

Paula Myrick Short