Wayne State professor and Department of Communication chair Matthew Seeger has been named dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, according to an email sent to university employees from Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ronald Brown. Seeger has been interim dean of the college since August 2010.
Serving as a faculty member and administrator at WSU for more than 26 years, Seeger has advised more than 150 master’s degree students and 30 Ph.D. dissertations and served as associate dean of the graduate school for four years.
"It's an honor to lead such a distinguished group of artists, scholars and critics," Seeger said in a university press release. "The college is one of the most successful in the university with a well deserved national reputation. I hope to work with the faculty and staff to focus our mission so that we might serve out (sic) students even more effectively."
Seeger is an author who has written more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. According to Brown’s email, Seeger’s work has “generated significant external funding, including more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation.”
Seeger participated in a U.S. Department of State grant to advise Russian government officials in effective communication. He has also served as a consultant to AT&T, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and the State of Michigan, among others.
“Matt has a deep understanding of Wayne State University, the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan,” Brown wrote in his email. “I am confident that he will provide effective leadership as dean, and that he will move the college forward in positive and dynamic new directions.”