Dr. Peter Alexander

Dr. Peter Alexander

Dr. Peter Alexander, dean emeritus of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts, will head UNCG’s School of Music,Theatre and Dance.

Alexander, principal clarinetist for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic from 1970-97, takes over as the school’s dean August 1.

“Dr. Alexander is an opportune match for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “In addition to his abilities as professor and musician, his administrative experience and commitment to community engagement will serve UNCG well as we continue to enhance the visibility of the performing arts and expand collaboration with the Greensboro arts community. The school is a continuing source of pride for this university.”

Provost David H. Perrin agrees that Alexander has a lot to offer the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, formed in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Butler, Alexander was dean of the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of the Arts and dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

“Dr. Alexander’s experience as an arts dean at three very different universities and proven record of fostering collaboration among faculty and students in music, theatre and dance make him the ideal candidate to lead the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” Perrin said. “He will be a wonderful advocate for the performing arts on our campus and in the Greensboro community.”

Alexander was dean at Butler, located in Indianapolis, from 2001 until his retirement in 2010. Butler’s Jordan College — like the School of Music,Theatre and Dance — houses a broad range of disciplines, including the School of Music and the departments of Art and Design, Arts Administration, Dance and Theatre.

At Butler, Alexander was responsible for 53 full-time faculty, about 50 part-time faculty and 25 staff members. He also oversaw all aspects of curriculum, student recruitment and retention, fundraising and grants, facilities, public relations and publicity, an operational budget of more than $6 million, a large scholarship budget and alumni programs.

During his tenure, he put in place new programs in art and design, a master of fine arts in dance, a jazz studies concentration, a musical theatre concentration and a recording industry studies major. He also established a series of retention-related activities that resulted in the Jordan College often having the highest first-year student retention rate of all the colleges at Butler.

“For many years, the comprehensive music, theatre and dance programs at UNCG have enjoyed individual reputations for excellence,” Alexander said. “The recent creation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will strengthen all three disciplines by fostering new synergies, expanding community engagement, enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations and much more. I am honored to have been selected as the school’s next dean and very much look forward to getting started.”

He follows Dr. John Deal and Dr. Sue Stinson as dean of UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Deal — who led UNCG’s School of Music since 2001, and the combined School of Music Theatre and Dance, since 2010 — stepped down as dean last year, but remains on the school’s faculty. Stinson, a professor of dance, was appointed interim dean for the 2012-13 academic year.


By Michelle Hines