WCU announces change in leadership in College of Fine and Performing Arts

Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost at Western Carolina University, announced today (Friday, June 6) a change in leadership in WCU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Robert Kehrberg, founding dean of the college, is stepping down from that position and will return to the faculty in the School of Music, Morrison-Shetlar said. Darrell Parker, dean of WCU’s College of Business, has agreed to also serve as acting dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

“I would like to thank Dr. Kehrberg for his years of committed service as founding dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, a role he has held since July 1, 2007, and to Western Carolina University,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “The college is well-positioned for the future and to reach a new level of quality in its academic and cultural enrichment programs.”

Morrison-Shetlar and Parker will schedule a forum for all faculty, staff and students in the College of Fine and Performing Arts at which they will answer questions from those within the college about the change in leadership.
In addition, an announcement is forthcoming about the membership of a campus committee, including its chair, that will conduct a national search to fill the vacant dean’s position on a permanent basis.

Prior to becoming dean, Kehrberg had served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since June 2005, as well as for a brief stint in 2004. Under a reorganization plan implemented in 2007, academic programs in the arts that had been housed in the College of Arts and Sciences were relocated to the newly created College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Kehrberg joined the WCU faculty as head of the Department of Music in 1987.

Parker, dean of the WCU College of Business since July 1, 2012, previously served as dean and professor of economics in the Johnson College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.