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Springer is COLA dean

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Photo of Mark Springer, dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Mark Springer, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Mark Springer, classroom and music studio faculty member at St. Cloud State University for 16 years, has been named the dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts.

Springer has served in this position on an interim basis for more than a year, assuming the role upon the death of Dean Todd DeVriese in December 2010. Previously, he was interim associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities from 2008-2010 and chair of the Music Department from 2002-2007.

“I look forward to Dr. Springer continuing to build on the partnerships he has forged and the leadership he has demonstrated as he assumes his permanent position,” said President Earl H. Potter III.

Springer has been active in the St. Cloud arts community since joining the Music Department at St. Cloud State in 1996. He has been a performing artist with local, regional, national and international experience and is a past and present member and representative within several state and national organizations, including the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, New Media Consortium, National Association of Schools of Music, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Perpich Center for the Arts Legacy Advisory Group and St. Cloud’s ArtWORKS initiative.

Originally from Montesano, Wash., Springer holds baccalaureate degrees from Washington State University and a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The College of Liberal Arts is a grouping of 12 academic departments housing 17 programs, including two college-level programs in global studies and religious studies. It is one of the St. Cloud State's largest organizational units. Among the departments are English, communication studies, ethnic and women’s studies, foreign languages, history, mass communications, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. The College also houses the newly organized School of the Arts, comprised of the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Film Studies.

Springer reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. With the assistance of the associate dean, the dean provides leadership, planning, coordination and management of personnel, programs and services for both the School of Arts and the College of Liberal Arts.

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