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Music Chair to Serve as CWU College of Arts and Humanities Interim Dean

Todd Shiver has been appointed the Interim Dean of the CWU College of Arts and Humanities. Shiver, who has chaired the nationally recognized CWU Department of Music since 2010, will begin his new role on July 1.

“I’m delighted that Todd has agreed to take on this challenging role,” said Katherine Frank, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life. “Todd is a respected and gifted academic and administrator and I have every confidence that his leadership will produce tremendous results for the college.”

Shiver noted, “After seven years of serving as a Chair of the Music Department in the College of Arts and Humanities, it will be my privilege to represent all eight departments in the College.  I hope to be a strong advocate for our students, faculty, and staff.”

As the Chair of the Music Department, Shiver oversaw the largest department within the College of Arts and Humanities, which is home to more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 50 faculty and staff, and a $4 million annual budget. He came to CWU from Georgia College & State University (GCSU), where he also served as music department chair and was director of bands for 20 years.

In addition to his background in administration and conducting, Shiver is an accomplished teacher; scholar; mentor; and trumpet player. He has led courses in music education, conducting, brass methods, applied trumpet, and supervised student teachers. He is also the founder of CWU’s summer music camps.

Shiver has served as the chair and as a board member of the Northwest region of the National Association of Schools of Music. He is the president of the Washington Universities Music Administrators (WUMA) and served on the board of directors for the National Band Association. He also is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha, the world’s largest music fraternity, and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.

Shiver earned his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Education in Music Education degree from Auburn University; he holds a second master’s in Educational Leadership from GCSU, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia.

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