UNC Names Dean of College of Performing and Visual Arts

Leo Welch Currently Serves as Associate Dean and Professor at Florida State University

Leo Welch

Leo Welch

An associate dean and professor of Music in the College of Music at Florida State University who has extensive experience in arts administration, performance, scholarship and teaching has been appointed dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado.

Leo Welch, Ph.D., will begin at UNC on Aug. 15 after having served the past nine years as Associate Dean of Community Engagement in FSU's College of Music. His duties there have included promotional and development activities such as annual giving, coordinating music entrepreneurial activities, managing summer music camps and other community engagement programs in addition to his supervisory and mentoring responsibilities among faculty and students.

"He brings with him an outstanding record of leadership, scholarship, community engagement and development and is a strong advocate for the Arts," Provost and Senior Vice President Robbyn Wacker wrote in an email announcing Welch's appointment to college faculty, staff and students.

Welch has more than 20 years of experience in academia. In addition to FSU, he served in faculty and administrative positions at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. from 1992-2003. Welch's published works include "First Year Guitar: A Classroom Text" and "Second Year Guitar: A Classroom Text" in addition to other method and ensemble books.

"I am thrilled to be joining the community of artist-teachers and scholars within the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout the interview process, it was clear to me that the arts are cherished by both the campus and the Greeley community. I look forward to continuing the college's long-standing traditions of excellence within the artistic disciplines of art, music, theatre and dance while also seeking to find new ways to enhance the reach of the arts programs locally, regionally and nationally."

Welch earned his doctor of Music and master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from FSU in 1995 and 1989, respectively, and bachelor of Music in Music Education from Potsdam State University. He also holds a Music Theory Pedagogy certificate from FSU and has completed postdoctoral studies in classical guitar jazz techniques at Eastman School of Music.

Wacker thanked Vergie Amendola for her leadership and service as interim dean along with the search committee of Tom Smith, Michelle Gaza, David Grapes, Charles Hansen, Gibran Khan, Melissa Malde, Dennis Morimoto, Pete Morrell, Susan Nelson, Katrina Rodriguez, Connie Stewart and Jane Graff.

The committee "had the difficult task of sorting through many fine candidates and engaging as many members of the campus community as possible in the process," Wacker wrote in the campus memo.