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2014
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Director Named for New CSUSM School of Arts

Press Release by Margaret Chantung

Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, a respected professor and former associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu, has been named the founding director of the new School of Arts in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Kilpatrick began her new duties on July 1.

The School of Arts will be home to the programs delivered by the Visual and Performing Arts Department, an interdisciplinary major with distinct subjects that students may specialize in, including arts and technology, dance studies, music, theater and visual arts/visual culture.

“The School of Arts will create a new structure that will enhance the development of our arts programs for the benefit of our students and the community at large,” said CHABSS Dean Adam Shapiro. “The mission of the School of Arts is to provide an inclusive collaborative community where artists, scholars and students actively engage in developing artistic practices, critical thinking, cultural intelligence and creativity.”

Prior to her tenure at the University of Hawai’i, Kilpatrick served as a special assistant to the provost, and professor and chair in the Department of English at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI).  At CSUCI, she was one of 12 founding faculty members responsible for the development of initial policies and procedures for the university, including the creation of curriculum for degree programs such as the Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts. Much of Kilpatrick’s academic research has focused on Native Americans in film.

“Dr. Kilpatrick brings with her a wealth of academic experience as well as a background in leading and developing new programs collaboratively,” said Shapiro. “She will help strengthen our already outstanding arts programs and guide us into a new phase of growth and regional engagement. We look forward to her visionary and creative leadership.”

“I am excited, happy and fortunate to be the founding director of the new School of Arts at Cal State San Marcos,” said Kilpatrick. “Through the coming years we will be building a very important educational and community enterprise for this area and for the CSU. I've had the opportunity of starting programs before, but the new School of Arts is really something special to me and to the campus. By building on strengths that already exist, particularly the talented and energetic faculty and staff, I know the School of Arts will be a sparkling jewel for this University and this region.”

Kilpatrick earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and a M.A. in English and American Literature from California State University Fresno.

The mission of the School of Arts is to provide an inclusive collaborative community where artists, scholars and students actively engage in developing artistic practices, critical thinking, cultural intelligence and creativity.
Dr. Adam Shapiro, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at CSUSM
By building on strengths that already exist, particularly the talented and energetic faculty and staff, I know the School of Arts will be a sparkling jewel for this University and this region.
Dr. Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, director of the School of Arts at CSUSM
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