Tannis Gibson Named Interim Dean of College of Fine Arts
Fred Fox School of Music professor Tannis Gibson, an internationally acclaimed pianist and award-winning educator, has been appointed dean of the College of Fine Arts for the 2017-18 academic year.
Gibson, who began her position on July 1, oversees the School of Art, the School of Dance, the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Film and Television. She succeeds Jory Hancock, who decided to return to the position of director for the School of Dance. He also will serve as associate dean of UA Presents.
"I am deeply honored to serve as dean for the College of Fine Arts and look forward to building upon a long and rich tradition of excellence within our professional schools," Gibson said. "It is my privilege to work alongside our faculty, staff, directors, development team and extended Fine Arts family to ensure a productive and gratifying year ahead."
Since joining the UA in 2000, Gibson has held various administrative roles on campus, including her prior appointment as associate director for faculty affairs in the School of Music, and co-chair of the University Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure. Gibson was selected to participate in the UA's Academic Leadership Institute, and she recently served as chair of the School of Music's Academic Program Review, and on a five-year review committee for central administration.
Gibson "is a nationally and internationally acclaimed pianist as well as a recognized teacher of piano," said Provost Andrew Comrie.
Gibson obtained her bachelor's degree at the University of Regina in Canada, her master's at the Juilliard School, and an Advanced Studies in Music Certificate at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Shanghai Concert Hall, as well as numerous national museums, international festivals and conservatories around the world.
As an educator, Gibson's accomplishments include directing "UA Musicians on Tour," a hands-on engagement experience for students to perform in outreach concert settings across southern Arizona, and her selection as a finalist for the UA's Five Star Faculty Award. Gibson's piano students have received top prizes in significant international competitions.