Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New chair for the university art department


The University of South Carolina has made an interesting move - naming a person with a degree in English chairman of the art department.
This isn't just any English professor.
H. Thorne Compton chaired the USC theater department for almost a decade, has been associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and associate director of the Institute of Southern Studies and was coordinated the university's Bicentennial celebrations. He's kind of a utility player who also happens to be interested in and knows a lot about all of the arts.
His appointment was apparently announced kind of out of the blue last Wednesday and he moved into his office at the department the next day.
He replaces Cynthia Colbert, an art educator with the department for 30 years, who has been chairperson of the the art department for four years.

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