Sounds of success: Joseph Meeks leads College of Arts at KSU

by By Sally Litchfield The Marietta Daily Journal July 09, 2011 10:08 PM…

Georgia (Jul 11, 2011)

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by By Sally Litchfield
July 09, 2011 10:08 PM | 615 views 
A bridge in music is a transitional passage connecting two subjects or movements, according to Like a composer of music, Joseph D. Meeks builds bridges in our community through the arts.

“I am a builder,” Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University, said.

And a builder he is: When he first joined the KSU (then Kennesaw Junior College) faculty 37 years ago, music was part of the Humanities Division housed in one large room. He said, “(KSU) started with three or four buildings sitting in the middle of a pasture. In the early days, we were considered rural.”

When KSU became a four-year college, music was one of the first six degrees offered. “We had established ourselves at that point as a real draw,” the concert pianist said. “There was such an interest, an enthusiasm for what was going on here.”

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