SMU announced today that José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts since 2006, will begin a new appointment in July as president of Goucher College, a small liberal arts school outside of Baltimore, Maryland. During his tenure at the Meadows School, Bowen helped broaden SMU’s reach both within the academic community and the artistic one, locally and on an international stage. From the release:
Under [Bowen’s] leadership, the Meadows School has undertaken such innovations as establishment of the National Center for Arts Research, a first-of-its-kind center that analyzes the largest database of arts research ever assembled and makes its findings available to arts leaders, researchers and the general public; the Meadows Scholars program, which enables Meadows to offer scholarships that attract the most talented and academically successful students in the arts and communications nationwide; and the Meadows Prize, an arts residency awarded to up to two pioneering artists and scholars each year who are active in a discipline represented by one of the academic units within the Meadows School. The school also has recruited top international faculty – such as former Yale School of Drama dean Stan Wojewodski as chair of theatre; Metropolitan Opera star Clifton Forbis as director of voice; and award-winning Artists-in-Residence Will Power (theatre) and Matt Albert (chamber music) – and launched new curriculum in emerging fields such as arts entrepreneurship, art and urbanism, fashion media and creative computation, as well as a new Ph.D. in art history.
SMU President R. Gerald Turner praises Bowen, saying: “He has worked collaboratively to expand interdisciplinary programs not only within the Meadows School, but also in cooperation with the other six schools of the University. With his broad background and perspectives in the arts, humanities and sciences, he is an ideal choice to lead Goucher College as president.”