Mathis named dean of the College of Music Arts

Bowling Green State University has tapped an insider to lead its College of Musical Arts.

Dr. William B. Mathis has been selected as the dean of the College of Musical Arts, Provost Rodney Rogers announced this morning. Mathis has been serving as interim dean since last July .

BGSU conducted a national search, and Mathis was one of three finalists brought in for final interviews.  He “received strong support from faculty, staff and students,” Rogers said.

Rogers also wrote: “In addition to serving as dean, Dr. Mathis will be responsible for leading the broader interdisciplinary arts strategy for BGSU.”

Mathis joined the University as an assistant professor of trombone in 2000 and was promoted to full professor in 2013. In 2003, he began serving as coordinator of graduate studies and in 2006, he became chair of the Department of Music Performance Studies. He served un that position until he was appointed interim dean in 2016.

“Dr. Mathis has a vigorous history of performance and has held a variety of teaching, mentoring and administrative positions, making him a well-rounded choice for this position,” Rogers wrote.

He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Wichita State University in 1986 and his Master of Music from the University of Michigan in 1987. He earned a D.M.A. in musical arts from the University of Michigan in 1992.

The previous dean Dr. Jeffrey Showell announced he was stepping down last April after five years in the position.