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CCCCD Announces New Dean of Fine Arts


August 27, 2004 – Collin County Community College District recently welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Walter as the new dean of Fine Arts.

The Fine Arts department at CCCCD offers programs in applied graphic design technology, dance, music, photography, theatre/drama and visual arts.

The Southlake resident joins the college from Texas Wesleyan, where he served for the past 15 years as music department chair, chair of faculty senate and dean of visual and performing.

Walter completed his doctorate in education from Capella University. He has also done extensive graduate work in the Humanities in the field of aesthetic studies at The University of Texas at Dallas and Arlington. Walter holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Pennsylvania’s Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Texas Wesleyan.

Walter said his first experience with CCCCD was at the American College Theater Festival held at the Spring Creek campus about six years ago. He said the college has an excellent reputation in fine arts. After learning more about the college, Walter said he was very impressed with the core values of CCCCD.

“I think it speaks very highly of the institution that the core values are book ended by learning and integrity,” Walter said.

Walter said he has had an exciting start since his first day of August 2. He said he has set his first sights on getting to know the richly talented faculty in fine arts. He said he hopes to develop and support the relationship between faculty and students from the beginning to end of the college experience.

“My goal for our arts program is to focus on the needs of the students, celebrate our community and succeed in taking the next steps in becoming a nationally and internationally-acclaimed program,” Walter said.

Dr. Thom Chesney, interim vice president of academic affairs, is familiar with Walter’s dedication and character. Chesney, who worked with Walter three years ago at Texas Wesleyan, said Walter is absolutely committed to engaged learning and will bring the same energy to administration as he did to the classroom.

“Jeff’s inter-disciplinary vision of fine arts enables him to present a collective vision for everyone he represents,” Dr. Chesney said.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.