Letter from the Chair Vol. 3, No. 1 Fall 2013

Pam McIlhennyPam McIlhenny

What an amazing fall meeting!  Thank you to all who joined us on campus!  We had outstanding attendance, and many of you seemed to be energized and inspired--I know I certainly was--after hearing the informative and entertaining presentations from the dean, directors and student performers.  The majority of members commented on how substantial the program was this fall and voiced their appreciation for hearing the dean's vision and strategies for the challenges affecting the College of Fine Arts.  In his keynote address, Dean Doug Dempster explained the steps that COFA is taking to move the college into the ever-expanding world of online education, while simultaneously preparing for added budget efficiencies, increasing the four-year graduation rate, and better preparing our students for the work force.  The college is truly facing a "sea change" in academia, and it is reassuring to know that our leadership is moving forward with a thoughtful and well-defined action plan. 

For those of you who missed the fall meeting, we are holding a winter gathering in Austin on January 31, followed by the spring regional meetings in major cities around the state in March and April. Also please note that on January 30, the night before our meeting, we will be holding our Advisory Council reception, followed by a special dinner to honor the Doty Award recipients. Please plan on joining us for what promises to be a memorable evening of camaraderie, entertainment, and celebration!

Once again we now turn our attention to nominating new members for the Advisory Council. My thanks to Vice-Chair Lisa Boyd, who is heading the Nominating Committee again this year. Nomination forms are due December 6, 2013.  If you need a form, or have any questions, please contact Jessi Propst at jpropst@austin.utexas.edu.

As always, I welcome your feedback, and I hope that you will send me any suggestions or comments you may have regarding our council.

I look forward to seeing you in Austin in January!

With warmest regards,

Pam Signature







Pamela McIlhenny

Advisory Council Chair