As of July 1, the former departments of Art and Design, Communication, and School of Music will be combined in a new institution at Eastern Kentucky University according to Sara Zeigler, dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

According to an email sent to faculty on Monday, July 20, Zeigler said, “the faculty and staff, in consultation with the students, are identifying options for a name, which I hope to announce in mid-September.”

“The purpose of the Institute is to support, cultivate, and promote collaboration across disciplines by providing a space, opportunities, and programming for students, faculty, and staff to engage with and explore new mediums,” Zeigler said.

Ida Kumoji-Ankrah, former chair of Art and Design, will serve as the Institute’s inaugural executive director.

Zeigler said that each program within the new Institute will retain its disciplinary leadership.

Joe Carucci and Nathan Jasinski will retain their roles with the School of Music. Chad Cogdill serves as area head for Broadcast and Electronic Media, Amy Thieme for Communication Studies, and Jim Gleason for Public Relations.

“The Institute is an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community that offers professional, discipline-based training with numerous opportunities for creative inquiry and expression in; Art & Design, Communication studies, Broadcast and Electronic Media, Music, and Public Relations,” Zeigler said.

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CLARIFICATION: the proper name for the broadcast and electronic media major has been updated in this story.

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