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Phyllis Kloda named dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts

BOONE—Phyllis Kloda has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts after a national search. She begins her duties July 1, 2016.

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Kloda currently serves as an associate dean in The School of The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at The College at Brockport, New York. She served as chair of the Department of Art at Brockport from 2006 until 2012. Prior to her arrival at Brockport, she was a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University and at the University of Wyoming, where she was recognized with an Extraordinary Merit in Research Award for her scholarship along with an Ellbogen Teaching Award.

“Phyllis Kloda’s background in interdisciplinary initiatives and experiential learning position her to be a strong and effective leader for the College of Fine and Applied Arts. This background makes her the right leader at the right time for this college and I am confident that she will work collaboratively with her colleagues to build a bright future for the college,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Darrell Kruger.

Kloda serves on the Board of Directors for the Visual Studies Workshop and served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Center for Arts and Education as well as the National Council of Educators for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Board as Director-at-Large.

At The College at Brockport, Kloda’s work has included outreach on experiential learning with organizations in Rochester, New York, oversight of accreditation, periodic program reviews and assessment initiatives and fostering interdisciplinary initiatives among faculty.

Kloda exhibits on national and international levels, having work in shows in Germany, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand, and her work is included in numerous publications and journals. She earned her B.S. in Studio Art at Nazareth College, and after a decade of working in the newspaper industry as a graphics editor, she returned to earn her M.F.A. in ceramics from Ohio University.

At Appalachian, Kloda will lead a college that has seven departments and more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate majors. The College of Fine and Applied Arts consists of the departments of Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance.

The search committee was chaired by Bill Pelto, Hayes School of Music. Members of the search committee were Lynn Gregory, Communication; Lisa Houser, Distance Education; Paulette Marty, Theatre and Dance; Clifton Meador, Art; Michael Rall, Applied Design; Jody Servon, Art; Regina Triplett, Dean’s Office; Jennifer Westerman, Sustainable Development; Ok-Youn Yu, Sustainable Technology; and Lauren Hayworth, Administrative Support.

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