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Fuchs to lead Honors College

May 20, 2010 12:00AM

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Dr. Craig Fuchs, chairman of the Department of Music and acting chairman of the Department of Art, has been named the new director of the Honors College at Pittsburg State University.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynette Olson announced Fuchs' appointment on May 20. He will step down from his position as chairman and assume his new responsibilities in June.

"I am absolutely thrilled. I think there are amazing opportunities for us to explore," Fuchs said. "I am really excited to funnel my energies into a project like this and provide new opportunities for students."

"Dr. Fuchs is an outstanding administrator who will also be a great academic role model for our Honors College students," said Dr. Bill Ivy, dean of enrollment management and student success. "Dr. Fuchs has great ideas for further developing an already first-rate program and I look forward to working with him on these initiatives."

Pittsburg State's Honors College guides high-achieving students through enriched academic experiences during their time on campus. The director of the college recruits, oversees the selection of, and cultivates those students, who take intensive courses and complete more rigorous requirements for graduation. Fuchs said that in his new role, he hopes to increase students' opportunities to study internationally, take field trips in order to provide experiential learning, and bring in guest speakers, as well as create new interdisciplinary courses.

In addition to his new, half-time role, Fuchs will still teach in the Department of Music. He will continue conducting the wind ensemble, teaching undergraduate conducting, and overseeing the department's master's program in wind conducting.

Fuchs has served as chairman for music since 2002, after being appointed to the position on an interim basis in 2001. Prior to coming to PSU to teach in 1998, he worked for a decade as a public school band director. His most recent position was at Shawnee Mission West High School near Kansas City, where he worked for seven years.

He received his bachelor's degree in music education from Missouri Western State University in 1985, and his master's degree in music education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989. He holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

This summer, Fuchs will once again serve as a guest conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy. He first conducted the group last summer after making a connection with the symphony manager. This fall at MWSU's homecoming festivities, he will be awarded the school's Distinguished Alumni Award. He was honored with the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award from PSU in 2001.

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