May 14, 2001 Vol. V, No. 16

Toutant Named Dean of Arts, Media, and Communication

Scholar, Composer and Administrator to Oversee College of 2,700 Students and Six Academic Departments

Ending a nationwide search, CSUN President Jolene Koester announced last week that William Toutant(right)has been named dean of the university's College of Arts, Media, and Communication after serving as the college's interim dean for the past two years.

During his tenure as interim dean and during 12 years as associate dean, Toutant oversaw the founding of the college's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, and its Entertainment Industry Institute, which seeks to increase the connections between CSUN and the valley's top industry.

Toutant, a music scholar and composer, also has guided the college's dramatic physical transformation in recent years with the construction of two new, state-of-the-art facilities: the college's new Manzanita Hall and the Art and Design Center expansion.

"Given his extensive experience on campus as a teacher and administrator, and his noteworthy credentials as a composer and a scholar, I am confident Dean Toutant will provide strong leadership and guidance for the college for many years," Koester said in announcing the appointment.

In looking for a new AMC dean, CSUN Provost Louanne Kennedy said the university "was seeking a qualified administrator and also a visionary, ready to lead the college in its pivotal role in the preparation of artists, performers, technicians, communication specialists and teachers for the greater Los Angeles area and the nation."

Kennedy added, "Dr. Toutant is such a person, offering solid, proven skills in academic leadership and vision for the future of what is already a major presence in the world of the arts, media and communication."

The appointment takes effect immediately. Toutant fills the AMC dean's position formerly held by Philip Handler, who now serves as CSUN's vice provost for academic affairs. The AMC college has about 2,700 students and includes six academic departments and campus radio station KCSN-FM.

As a composer, Toutant has been invited to Italy, Mexico and Romania for performances of his compositions. He also has become closely associated with the Romanian-American Music Days Festival, serving as the festival's executive director in 1997 and 1998. This summer, Toutant will premiere his new composition, "Glossa," at the Festival Forfest in the Czech Republic. Four of his compositions are currently available on CD. He also produces and co-hosts the "The KCSN Opera House," a weekly radio program.

Toutant received his bachelor's degree in music history and literature and a master's degree in musicology from George Washington University, and a doctorate in music theory and composition from Michigan State.

He began his teaching career at Kalamazoo College and, in 1975, received a faculty appointment at CSUN as a professor of music. His other CSUN appointments have included acting chair of the Art Department, acting chair of the Theatre Department, acting general manager of KCSN-FM, and for the past two years, director of the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

The search committee members for the dean's position were Professor Jerry Luedders (committee chair), Associate Vice President Mack Johnson, Professor Michael Kline, Professor Louise Lewis, student representative Tom McWilliams and Professor Cynthia Rawitch.

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