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Taylor named interim chairman of Appalachian’s Department of Art

BOONE—Dr. Jesse Taylor will serve as the interim chair of the Department of Art at Appalachian State University during the 2013-14 academic year, according to an announcement from the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Taylor will serve in the position while the department conducts a national search for a chair.

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Taylor earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from Washington University in Saint Louis and a Bachelor of Art degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1989. He has served as special assistant to the provost for minority concerns, been a member of Faculty Senate and the Faculty Grievance Hearing Committee, and chaired the Department of Philosophy and Religion from 1997-2004.

He currently serves on the University Planning and Priorities Council and is the co-chair of the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity.

Other professional affiliations include a six-year editorship of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience. He also has served as a referee for the Journal of Value Inquiry.

Taylor has been a member of the N.C. State Employees Credit Union’s loan review committee for more than 10 years. He served as state chair of the committee in 2011-12.