SU in NYC Welcomes New VPA Dean Michael Tick
February 21, 2017
This past Thursday, Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts visited the Lubin House for a celebration. Over 50 alumni and friends of VPA and the University welcomed Michael S. Tick, the newest Dean of VPA to New York City and the SU in NYC community.
Dean Tick had a few remarks, highlighting initiatives he hoped to impliment in his time at the school. He mentioned that the last seven months on the job had been listening and gathering ideas for the school to continue to improve and showcase the top programs they offer. These ideas included expanding Syracuse Stage, new facilities for music majors and artists, and hiring a new Assistant Dean for Advancement. He also proudly showed off the new orange watch he has added to his wardrobe since moving north from Kentucky.
In September 2015 when Dean Ann Clarke announced that she would step down after eight years leading the college, a search committee was formed. Led by Charles E. Morris III, professor and chair of the college’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, the committee considered applicants from across the nation and beyond. “Michael impressed us with his long career of administrative accomplishments in fiscal, facilities and personnel management in the arts and academia,” says Morris. “He brings an entrepreneurial spirit, an appreciation for diversity and dedication to facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration. Michael will herald and champion SU:VPA across campus and around the world.”
Tick comes to Syracuse from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where as dean of the College of Fine Arts since 2010, he managed a $38 million budget and 180 faculty in art and visual studies, music, theater, dance and arts administration, as well as the University’s accredited art museum and performing arts center. During Tick’s tenure at the University of Kentucky, the College of Fine Arts secured more than $45 million in state appropriations and private philanthropy for capital projects and academic programs. Highlights include the acquisition and renovation of a historic building for the School of Art and Visual Studies and the establishment of a Creative Arts Living Learning Community that will support programs across the arts with studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, writing labs and more, all housed in a new 1,100-bed residential hall. Under his leadership the Arts Administration Program established the first fully online master’s program in arts administration at a public university, and a graduate program in music therapy, a partnership with UK HealthCare. Partnerships across campus were central to Tick’s administration, with strategic interdisciplinary initiatives through the College of Communication and Information, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Design and the College of Medicine, to name a few.
To see photos of the event, head over to the SU in NYC Facebook Page.