Message from the Interim Dean

It is an honor to be appointed by Chancellor Christopher Molloy to serve as the interim dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts. I am taking on this role while the university conducts a search for a new dean to replace Dean George B. Stauffer. I began my career at Rutgers at the same time as George, and I have seen the school grow in ambition and stature over the past 19 years. As a faculty member in the Department of Art & Design and recently as its chair, I have experienced new facilities, new colleagues, and new programs across Mason Gross. The changes in all areas of the school, from new spaces for the performing arts to the establishment of programs for the BFA degree in film and MFA degrees in dance and design, have been inspiring. The school is in healthy shape and is now poised for the next phase of its development as a powerhouse of creativity, collaboration, and experiment. Our new dean’s task will be to guide the school through future challenges and establish Mason Gross in the international arena.

Over the next year, with the help of my colleagues, my aim is to keep the school on sound footing for the incoming dean. I am looking forward to learning more about our departments and programs, particularly about the students, faculty, and staff who make them what they are. Mason Gross is a wonderfully complex and unique institution, and even after almost 20 years, I am sure there is a lot more for me to discover.

–Interim Dean Gerry Beegan

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