With Mark Katz now tapped as the next director for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, directors from the past joined him to discuss the future of the Institute on Monday.
Music professor and department chairman Katz will begin his five-year tenure on July 1. He will be the third IAH director since its founding in 1987 by Director Emeritus Ruel Tyson.
The IAH provides resources to and coordinates with arts and humanities faculty to strengthen their disciplines on campus.
The director is also responsible for fundraising, as 85 percent of the IAH’s budget is privately funded.
Tyson, Katz and outgoing IAH director John McGowan were featured in the panel discussion in Hyde Hall, where the IAH is housed, and a congratulatory reception for Katz followed the panel.
Katz said he is thrilled by the exciting prospect of being able to lead and serve the faculty in this way.
“It’s a wonderful institution, and I’m honored to have been selected,” he said.
American studies professor Joy Kasson headed the selection committee for McGowan’s replacement last fall, but ultimately the decision was made by Terry Rhodes, senior associate dean for fine arts and humanities, and Karen Gil, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Katz was announced as the future director on Jan. 28.