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West Virginia State Administrator Selected as Winthrop Dean

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 As head of Winthrop’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, David Wohl will oversee the four departments of Music, Fine Arts, Design and Theatre and Dance.
 Wohl brings to Winthrop more than 30 years of experience in the arts.

David Wohl

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University is pleased to announce the appointment of David Wohl as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, beginning in July.

Wohl has served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at West Virginia State University in Institute, W. Va., since 1987 and has been on the faculty in theatre there since 1976. He will replace Alice Burmeister, who has served as interim dean for the past few months and will now return to her post as associate dean.

As head of Winthrop’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Wohl will oversee the four departments of Music, Fine Arts, Design, and Theatre and Dance. The college offers teacher licensure curricula in art, music, dance and theatre and is the only school in South Carolina to do so. With a full-time faculty of more than 50 artist/teachers, the college provides the greater Charlotte region with a vast array of outstanding performances and art exhibitions.

Wohl brings to Winthrop more than 30 years of experience in the arts. “Winthrop is fortunate to have David Wohl joining us with his extensive experience in arts education, arts promotion and arts engagement with the community,” said Tom Moore, vice president for academic affairs, in making the announcement. “I look forward to his becoming a part of academic and arts leadership at Winthrop, in the Rock Hill community, and in the state and region.”

During Wohl’s tenure at West Virginia State, he also served as chairman for the communications programs from 1979-83 and again from 1986-2000. Student enrollment increased from about 20 to just under 300, including about 30 graduate students. He also emphasized the importance of professional communications internship experiences for his majors and supervised all the students enrolled in internship courses. During his tenure, at least 500 students graduated with valuable professional communications internship experiences.

To gain international experience, Wohl completed faculty development seminars in Senegal and Vietnam with the Council on International Exchange in Education in the past decade.

“I’m excited about coming to Winthrop and the prospect of working closely with the faculty in the College of Visual and Performing Arts,” Wohl said. “I’m very impressed with the university’s commitment to the arts as well as the quality of its faculty and students. This is a terrific opportunity for me, and I’m honored to join Winthrop’s academic community in a leadership role.”

During the 30 years Wohl lived in West Virginia, he has directed and/or performed leading roles in an average of two theatrical productions each year. In the late 1980s, he co-produced three feature-length films, and acted in all three. He also co-founded the Charleston Stage Company, one of the state’s major theater companies, and served as director and actor, as well as the company’s artistic director.

Wohl received a Ph.D. degree in theatre from Kent State University, a master of arts in dramatic arts from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Clark University. He is married to Sherry Simmers, a family practice physician, and has two children: Isaac, a trade analyst with the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., and Gabriele, an attorney currently clerking for a federal judge in Charleston, W.Va.

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