April 24, 2013

Blake Pearce Named Dean of College of the Arts

VALDOSTA—Valdosta State University announces the appointment of A. Blake Pearce as dean of College of the Arts. He will succeed Dr. John Gaston, who will retire on June 30.

“Blake’s knowledge of our community, administrative experience, excellent background in external accreditation, and vision for the College of the Arts in the 21st century were acknowledged throughout the interview process,” said Dr. Karla Hull, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “I am delighted to bring his leadership to the COA and look forward to a continuation of exciting and transformational ideas and actions from all departments in the College of the Arts.”

A professor of art who serves as the head of the Department of Art, Pearce has been of a member of the Valdosta State faculty since 1991. In addition to his academic and administrative duties, Pearce has been involved in various college and university-wide committees, including Dewar College of Education Executive Committee and chairman of the Council of Department Heads.

In reflection of his appointment, Pearce said he looks forward to representing the university and the opportunity to serve as an advocate for all of the College of the Arts programs.

“The VSU College of the Arts has an incredible group of hardworking and highly dedicated professionals and a rich legacy of outstanding faculty who have devoted their careers to sharing professional talents with our students,” said Pearce. “These individuals have given so much to the university and community, and we strive to build on that legacy. It has been a privilege to learn from and work with the faculty and staff of the college.”

Pearce received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Valdosta State College in 1983, a Master of Arts from Ball State University in 1986, and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1989.