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Recent Media Coverage of Sister Friends: African American Women of ASU

  • GOOD NEWS FOR "DEAN' MONTGOMERY, News E-Mail, 10-13-99


    LAWRENCE - Toni-Marie Montgomery, an internationally known pianist who currently oversees Arizona State University's highly rated School of Music, has been named the new dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Provost David E. Shulenburger announced today.

    Montgomery will succeed Peter G. Thompson, who was dean for 13 years before stepping down this summer, on April 3, 2000. Associate dean Carole Ross will continue to serve as interima dean until that time. "Toni-Marie Montgomery will bring to KU her extraordinary talents as an artist, a skilled administrator, a collaborator and visionary leader,"

    Shulenburger said. "She is an outstanding individual and we are excited to welcome her to Mount Oread."

    Since 1996, Montgomery has been director of ASU's 750-student School of Music, which has 97 full- and part-time faculty. KU's 108-year-old School of Fine Arts offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate major programs within three academic departments - art, design, and music and dance. It has 125 faculty members and more than 1,300 students. The school also offers curricula for teachers of music and art in the elementary and secondary public schools and in institutions of higher education and offers special curricula for the training of music therapists. In addition, the school also operates the Lied Center of Kansas performance center.

    "I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students to further define the School of Fine Arts' identity on campus and secure the future of the school in the state," Montgomery said. "I can think of no opportunity more significant than beginning the year 2000 as the dean of the School of Fine Arts at KU."

    A Philadelphia native, Montgomery has doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees in piano chamber music and accompanying from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. In addition, she has studied at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France; the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and the Harvard Management Development Program at Harvard University.

    Montgomery joined ASU as associate dean and faculty member in the College of Fine Arts in 1990. She assumed the directorship of the School of Music in 1996. She previously was the assistant dean for academic programs of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and the artistic director and assistant director of the School of Music at Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo. While there, she coordinated the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

    She has performed throughout the U.S. and in Austria and Brazil. Montgomery also was a founding member in 1988 of the Black Music Repertory Ensemble of Columbia College, Chicago. This 15-member ensemble specializes in performing works by black composers and promotes appreciation for the black musical heritage. The ensemble has performed at New York City's Lincoln Center and Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and on NBC-TV's "Today Show," Cable News Network, National Public Radio's "Performance Today" series and Public Radio International's "African American Music Tree" series.

    Since 1995, Montgomery has presented workshops at the National Association of Schools of Music and International Council of Fine Arts Dean's annual conferences and served on a panel at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference. She is a member of both organizations. She was president of the Faculty Women's Association at ASU and is a member of the Phoenix Symphony board of directors.

    Her numerous awards include the Outstanding Young Women in America Award; the 1998 Arizona Black Women's Task Force Arts Award; Who's Who Among Black Americans; and she is listed in the 1988 publication of American Keyboard Artists. ______________________________________________________________________

    Todd Cohen Assistant Director, News and Public Issues

    Office of University Relations University of Kansas

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