The associate dean of West Virginia Universitys College of Creative Arts will become the new college dean July 1, Provost Gerald Lang announced today (May 11).
John Bernard”Bernie”Schultz, an art history professor at WVU for 23 years, was chosen from among 55 candidates for the post. He replaces Phil Faini, who is retiring from WVU after 40 years, including seven as dean.
“Bernie Schultz has been an active member of the College of Creative Arts faculty and WVU community for many years,”Dr. Lang said.”He is a very passionate and disciplined professor, researcher and leader. I am confident he will bring that same passion and discipline to his new job.”
The College of Creative Arts is the center for visual and performing arts in West Virginia, offering instruction in art, music, theater and dance. The college has 100 full-time faculty and staff and more than 750 students.
Dr. Schultz, 51, said he is thrilled at the opportunity to be dean of the college he has been privileged to serve for the past 23 years as a faculty member and administrator.
“Dean Phil Faini is leaving the college in very fine condition and pointed in the right direction,”he said.”Im looking forward to the challenge of working with the faculty, staff and students of the college to achieve even greater national and international prominence.”
A native of Pittsburgh, Schultz joined WVU as an art history instructor in 1977. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1980, associate professor in 1985 and professor in 1990. He served as chairman of the Division of Art from 1989-94 and interim associate dean of the college from 1993-94. He was appointed the colleges associate dean for academic affairs in 1994.
He has taught courses on ancient art, medieval art, Italian Renaissance art, Michelangelo, baroque and rococo art, American art after 1900 and modern art. His expertise is in Italian Renaissance art, and he has organized several Italian art tours at WVU .
He is a co-author of the textbook Art Past/Art Present, a textbook that has been used by 120,000 college students nationwide and is currently in its fourth printing. He is also author of the book Art and Anatomy in Renaissance Italy and has written or co-written several study guides, catalogues, articles and book chapters.
Since coming to WVU , he has won several awards, including the Division of Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, the WVU Art Alumni Associations Distinguished Professor of Art Award and the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice.
In addition to teaching and research, Schultz has been an active member of the WVU community. He was a member of the Universitys Commission on Undergraduate Standards from 1998-99 and Faculty Senate from 1990-93. He was a social justice liaison in 1997, a sexual harassment liaison from 1984-97 and has served as co-chair of the University Council on Sexual Orientation for the past three years. He was also one of the first resident faculty leaders, or RFLs professors who live near residence halls and serve as student mentors.
Before coming to WVU , he taught at John Carroll University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. He was also a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987-88 while on a sabbatical from WVU .
He has doctoral and masters degrees in art history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a Frick Fine Arts Distinguished Alumnus. He also has a bachelors degree from John Carroll University and studied at Loyola Center in Rome.
Schultz lives in Morgantown with his wife, Cookie, an instructor in humanities and art history at WVU .
Dana Brooks, dean of the School of Physical Education, was chairman of the search committee.