Posted at 4:50 p.m., April 3, 2015

New arts and humanities dean announced

Laramie County Community College has named the music department chair at the Patel Conservatory of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida, as its new dean of the school of arts and humanities.

Dr. Daniel Powell replaces Kathleen Urban, who retired in the summer of 2013. Nicole Bryant has been interim dean since then.

Powell is the administrative leader of a large multifaceted music department that includes children’s music, Suzuki, youth orchestra, rock school, vocal arts, guitar, jazz and private lesson programs. LCCC’s vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Jose Fierro, said: “He has a strong background in music. We are transitioning the music department right now, and he could be a great contributor for that.”

Powell has also served as interim theater department chair this past year where he supervised four main productions in the fall/spring, five summer productions and a comprehensive theater certificate program. He manages a staff of more than 50 teachers and administrators and oversees a large departmental budget.

Prior to this appointment, Powell was the associate dean of fine and performing arts at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, and the executive director of the Chipola Regional Arts Association (CRAA). Under his leadership, CRAA has co-sponsored the Chipola Artist Series and art exhibits, provided children’s arts programming to district schools, sponsored arts scholarships, supported grant programs to area teachers and built an endowment to support Chipola art programs in perpetuity.

As the associate dean, Powell was the academic administrator for music, art and theater programs; served as artistic director of the Artist Series; supervised the Center for the Arts, Cultural Center and Fine Arts facilities; and directed the marketing and development/fundraising programs within the department. Prior to this administrative appointment, Powell was a tenured music professor at Chipola, where he taught music theory, music literature, applied lessons and jazz band.

During the summers, Powell has taught at various camps and festivals including Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He has also worked in grant management at the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.

Having received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from West Texas A&M University, Powell began his teaching career in the Texas public schools. He then received a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University, where he served as a teaching assistant. Powell earned the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University (FSU). During his tenure at FSU, he was a teaching assistant and was the first to receive a Certificate in Arts Administration. Powell also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Troy University.

“He is very well-rounded,” Fierro said.