Jessop named interim theatre arts department head at USU
January 12, 2009— Yolanda
Flores Niemann, dean of the College of Humanities Arts
and Social Sciences at Utah State University, has asked
Craig Jessop to assume the role of interim department
head for the department of theatre arts. The appointment
becomes effective fall 2009. Jessop will continue as
head of USU's music department.
"With theatre arts department
head Colin Johnson stepping down and at this time of
the year — especially with the financial conditions
facing the state — it was decided to not conduct an
external search for his replacement," Niemann said.
"Craig Jessop will become interim head of the theatre
University policy dictates that department
heads must hold the rank of full professor. Since the
theatre department is small, it was difficult to find
a replacement with those credentials from within, and
it was decided to forgo an external search.
Meetings have been held with faculty
from both departments, and the response has been positive,
Niemann said. She emphasized this is an interim appointment
and both departments will work together for the next
several years but will remain separate. The effectiveness
of the arrangement will be reviewed at that time.