College of the Arts – 24-Year Snapshot

Dean Geoffrey Newman, who is retiring at the end of this academic year after 24 years as dean of the College of the Arts, is credited with adding to and enhancing the College's academic offerings; hiring more faculty; upgrading and expanding existing buildings and constructing new facilities; creating new programs; and helping to raise Montclair State University's profile through national and international outreach. Following is a summary of  some milestone developments in the College of the Arts over the past 24 years.

Institutional Development Highlights:

  • September 1, 1988—Geoffrey W. Newman joined Montclair State College as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.
  • 1994—When Montclair became a state University, Dr. Newman founded the School of the Arts with three new academic departments: Theatre and Dance, Speech Communication and Broadcasting.
  • 2006—Seeking to achieve greater institutional recognition for the school, stronger management of academic program delivery, and reduction of disciplinary boundaries, he reorganized the School of the Arts into a College of the Arts, with a new School of Music under it.
  • 2011—He acquired the WMSC-FM Radio Station as part of the College of the Arts and hired its first professional manager. 
  • December 15, 2011—With continuing plans to develop new schools under the College, the Board of Trustees announced Newman’s strategy to open the new School of Communication and Media on July 1, 2012. 
Facilities Development:
  • 1992—Renovated and built an addition to McEachern Hall for Music
  • 1993—Constructed the Dance Theatre in Life Hall
  • 2001—Renovated Finley South for the Art and Design MFA Program
  • 2001—Renovated the 100-seat Howard L. Fox Theatre
  • 2004—Constructed the 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theatre
  • 2004—Renovated the 2000-seat Amphitheatre
  • 2006—Constructed the George Segal Gallery
  • 2007—Dedicated two floors in the Freeman Residence Hall for the Arts Living Community
  • 2009—Constructed the John J. Cali School of Music building and 240-seat Leshowitz Recital Hall
  • 2011—Renovated the Speech Building for the Fashion Studies Program
  • 2011 – Renovated the DuMont Television Center to a high-definition facility
  • 2012—Established the Communication and Media Facilities Taskforce
  • 2012—Established the Art and Design Facilities Taskforce

Programs Created (abbreviated list)
  • 60 majors, minors, and specializations, including programs established in Animation/Illustration (2005), Filmmaking (2006), Graphic Design (2007), Dance Education (2008), Industrial Design (brought from the College of Education as Industrial Education) and Musical Theatre (2009), as well as concentrations such as Arts Management (2003), minors like Microtonal Music and Art and Design, and certificates such as the Artist’s Diploma and Performer’s Certificate (2005), and Fashion Studies (was brought from the College of Education in 2005), and will be developing a program in Fashion Design.
  • Arts and Cultural Programming (Peak Performances)
  • University Art Galleries and The George Segal Gallery
  • Office of Education and Community Outreach
  • Creative Research Center
  • Artists-in-Residence
  • Technology Services
  • Student Services
  • Career Services
  • Artworks in the Collection
  • Recognition Awards 
  • International Initiatives and Exchanges
  • Advisory Boards 

Boards and Consultancies Served:
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • European League of Institutes of Arts
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • Franklin Pierce College
  • University of Texas, San Antonio 
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • Texas Women’s University
  • Whitrcliffe College of Art 
  • George Washington University
  • Tisch School of the Arts, New York University