Dan Goble, Ph.D., has been named dean of the school of visual and performing arts at Western Connecticut State University. Goble, a respected saxophone player, has performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.
Goble served as chair of the university’s music department since 2005. He served as associate chair from 1998 to 2004, and he directed the university’s jazz studies program from 1994 to 2004.
“I’m honored and excited to have been chosen the next dean,” said Goble, who was picked after a national search.
Goble succeeds Carol Hawkes, Ph.D., as dean. Hawkes served as dean since the school was created in 2006.
The University is about to embark on a construction project on the Westside campus for a new school of visual and performing arts.
“The opening of our new state-of-the-art facility in 2014 will further establish WCSU as the university of choice in arts and arts education,” Goble said.
The state will break ground on the new facility this fall.
Dean Hawkes said she accomplished two of her main goals, which was to get the new facility going, and to get national accreditation for all the arts programs. Music won a 10 year accreditation in December 2010, and theatre arts and visual arts are working toward that national accreditation.
“I am proud of all that our students and faculty have achieved in five years,” Hawkes said.