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New College of Communication and the Arts  

Joe RofranoThe Office of the Provost recently announced the formation of Seton Hall's new College of Communication and the Arts, effective immediately. The College of Communication and the Arts is the University’s ninth college/school and will encompass existing undergraduate programs of study in Art, Design, & Interactive Media; Art History; Broadcasting & Visual Media; Communication Studies; Music; Public Relations & Journalism; and Theatre, as well as graduate programs in Museum Professions; Public Relations; and Strategic Communication & Leadership.

This endeavor represents the realization of a long-considered strategic objective that has garnered widespread support and enthusiasm throughout the Seton Hall community. The University’s 2003 Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan called for the creation of “an exceptional Communications program in both undergraduate and graduate areas to take advantage of Seton Hall's demographics within the New York hub of world communication.” This affirmative step is the culmination of the efforts of many who have actively engaged in the development process over the past several years.

The College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University will be dedicated to enabling innovative, genuine, and professional interaction in academic, social, artistic, and technological settings. Its diverse and flexible programs, anchored in the humanities and featuring cutting-edge technology and innovative curricula, will provide opportunities for meaningful collaboration across disciplines.

It is expected that the College of Communication and the Arts will bring national attention to Seton Hall University; leverage the expertise of its faculty, the University's proximity to New York City, and the existing program inventory; and provide additional nimbleness in responding to the ever-evolving and growing changes in these disciplines.

Professor Deirdre Yates, Interim DeanIn addition, Professor Deirdre Yates, M.F.A., has been named Interim Dean for the new College, also effective immediately. Classically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and The Catholic University of America, Professor Yates is a long-standing and highly respected member of the Seton Hall academic community. She has taught Theatre Performance classes at the University since 1992 and is a recipient of the University Humanitarian Award. In addition to her outstanding service to Seton Hall University, Professor Yates has remained a prominent member of the arts community. She has toured the country performing Shakespeare and appearing at regional theatres. Currently, Professor Yates is a member of the Equity Company and The Yates Musical Theatre for Children, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Celtic Theatre Company. The search for the new dean will commence in Fall 2015 and will be facilitated by AGB Search, a division of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

The Office of the Provost wishes to thank the members of the Communication and the Arts faculty steering committee, including Professor Yates, Professor William H. Haney, Dr. Jon P. Radwan, and Professor Thomas R. Rondinella, for their tireless and outstanding efforts to bring this proposal to fruition. All members of the Seton Hall community are invited to join Seton Hall in celebrating this transformative moment in the University’s very proud history.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Bernadette McVey
  • (973) 761-9655
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