New dean named for Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts

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Contact: Robert S. Godlewski,, 770-499-3448 Patricia S. Poulter takes reins…

Georgia (Apr 29, 2013)Contact: Robert S. Godlewski,, 770-499-3448

Patricia S. Poulter takes reins of one of Georgia’s and Southeast’s top colleges of dance, music, theatre, performance studies and visual arts

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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 29, 2013)— Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Patricia “Patty” S. Poulter dean of the College of the Arts, effective July 1.

Poulter succeeds Interim Dean Ivan Pulinkala who has served since Feb. 1. Pulinkala replaced Joseph Meeks who led the school for 14 years as dean and served 38 years on the faculty until his retirement in January.

“I am honored to have been selected and eagerly look forward to becoming part of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts,” said Poulter. “I could tell when I stepped foot on this amazing campus that there was an energy and passion for the arts, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Poulter has served as associate dean for the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University since 2009. A professor of music education, Poulter has held other administrative positions within the college, including department chair in the Department of Student Teaching and Clinical Experiences, as well as her current role as interim department chair in the Journalism Department.

As associate dean, she shared administrative responsibilities for the College of Arts & Humanities, overseeing a $12 million budget; 225 faculty; nine academic departments; seven interdisciplinary programs; 1,800 students; and the Performing Arts Center.

Poulter was chosen from numerous candidates in a national search chaired by Robert "Robin" Dorff, dean of Kennesaw’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Kennesaw State takes great pride in the selection of Patricia Poulter as dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She has demonstrated remarkable leadership and scholarship during her two decades in higher education, which will stand her in good stead as she takes the reins of Kennesaw State’s highly successful College of the Arts.”

Prior to joining the Eastern Illinois University faculty in 1994, Poulter was a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In making its selection of Poulter, the search committee took note of her extensive experience in bringing together diverse constituencies to address complex challenges with positive results and inclusive solutions. The panel also was impressed with her administrative leadership in the arts, humanities and education, involving budgeting and philanthropy, faculty development and community outreach efforts.

The College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Patty Poulter to Kennesaw State University as the new dean of the College of the Arts,” said Pulinkala. “Dr. Poulter is a visionary leader, who I have no doubt will be an articulate and passionate advocate for the College of the Arts on campus and beyond. We celebrate the start of a new era for the arts at KSU!"

Poulter holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. She earned an Ed.D. in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.



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