Loyola appoints new dean to the college of music and fine arts

India Yarborough

Loyola has named Kern Maas as the new Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts. Maas’ appointment coincides with the retirement at the end of this academic year of Tony DeCuir, who has served as interim dean over the last three years. Maas is expected to begin his new position Feb. 1, 2017.

According to an email Monday from Mark Manganaro, vice president for academic affairs, Maas brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to Loyola, leaving his current position as Associate Dean for the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University to join the Loyola community.

“Kern’s extensive experience includes various important leadership roles in the areas of program development, curriculum review and development, policy administration, assessment, intellectual property, industry partnerships and accreditation,” Manganaro said. “These experiences have given him a unique perspective on how to position and leverage creative practice in multiple contexts.”

Manganaro said the search committee that appointed Maas consisted of faculty and staff members and was chaired by Bill Locander, dean of the College of Business.