Montclair State University Announces New Dean of the College of the Arts

Montclair State University has appointed Daniel Gurskis to be the new dean of its College of the Arts, one of the University’s six colleges and schools. The College of the Arts is home to the University’s John J. Cali School of Music, the newly established School of Communication and Media, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Department of Art and Design.

Gurskis comes to Montclair State from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he is a professor and chair of the Department of Film and a special assistant to the president. Most recently at Brooklyn College, he has overseen the creation of a new graduate school of cinema to be located at Steiner Studios, the largest film and television production facility outside of Los Angeles.

In addition to his academic experience, Gurskis has held creative and management positions in film, television, theatre, and advertising, and he has performed pro bono work in arts management. He is the author of numerous screenplays for film and television, and he received an Emmy Award in 1989 for James Stewart’s Wonderful Life. Gurskis holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of American Ideas from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.

“Having worked in both the academy and the arts,” said Gurskis, “I am interested in the ways that the arts and the media articulate in higher education, not only with each other, but also with the entire curriculum and ultimately the world at large. The growing reputation of the College of the Arts at Montclair State, especially in New York City, presents an extraordinarily vibrant opportunity to provide the highest quality programs for students in both the traditional and emerging disciplines.”

Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Dan Gurskis understands the arts, he is engaged with the world of emerging media, and he is a committed educator. I think he will be ideally suited to continue advancing the goals of the College of the Arts as a rapidly emerging national leader in the field.”

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