Schools of Communications, Fine and Performing Arts to merge


Mariya Pakina Reporter
Jan. 13, 2015; 1 p.m.

Lindenwood’s School of Communications will merge with the School of Fine and Performing Arts this August, according to the dean of the School of Communications.

The new school will become the School of Arts, Media and Communications.

Mike Wall, the dean of the School of Communications, said that Joe Alsobrook, School of Fine and Performing Arts, will be the dean of the new school. Wall said that he will be stepping down from an almost 12-year-long position since he took his dean position in 2004.

Wall said that he will continue to serve Lindenwood as associate dean.

Photo is taken from School of Fine and Performing Arts

“This change will make it easier to communicate with alumni and to eliminate redundant efforts,” Wall said.

He said that some of the schools’ programs overlap.The merger will help to capitalize on the collective achievements of faculty and students.

The schools’ merger should make Lindenwood more “economic friendly,” and would help keep tuition as low as possible for students.

Photo is taken from Students working on LUTV

Wall also said that this change is an administrative move, and that it should not affect where classes are taught.

Currently, Lindenwood’s School of Communications offer five majors, while the School of Fine and Performing Arts has 15 majors.

Wall said there will probably be more academic reorganization on campus in the future, but he could not say which schools might merge.

Last semester it was announced that the School of Human Services would merge with the School of Business but would keep the school’s name, Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship.