Former Dean of CPVA now Helps Lead Academic Affairs

Published: April 08, 2010 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University is pleased to announce the appointment of William J. Byrnes to Associate Provost and Director of Graduate Studies.

Byrnes, former dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts and interim associate provost and director of graduate studies, will now assist Provost Bradley J. Cook and the deans of SUU’s six academic colleges as they carry forward the newly designed academic roadmap.

As he takes on this new role at SUU, Byrnes is “looking forward to helping shape and promote the academic direction of SUU at the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Byrnes. “I will be working with the deans, faculty and staff to strengthen what we currently do so well, while focusing on the many new initiatives that will help make SUU a university that is increasingly recognized.”

Byrnes’ objectives are well-founded; he has been serving as interim associate provost for the past six months and has played a key role in the planning and development of the University’s new Academic Roadmap.

Provost Cook is confident Byrnes will “continue to successfully deal with a wide-range of challenges and issues with incredible finesse,” after what the Provost describes as a grueling audition. Said Cook, “In essence, Bill has been ‘living the interview’.”

Byrnes has a professional reputation of leadership that pushes the status quo and drives advancement for continued success. Cook and the whole of SUU’s Academic Affairs division are glad to welcome Byrnes as a permanent colleague.

Coming to SUU from Florida State University’s School of Theatre in 2004, Byrnes’ six years as dean of SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) were marked by unprecedented programmatic growth and national recognition. Under his leadership, PVA added three new degrees in the areas of art and design, music and theatre arts; the college also achieved national accreditation for its dance and art and design programs.

Byrnes, originally from Buffalo, NY, enjoys living in Cedar City, where he can pursue his hobbies of photography and hiking. He and his wife Christine have three children and two grandchildren.

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