CLEMSON — Richard E. (Rick) Goodstein, professor of music and chairman of the performing arts department, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University.

“We are delighted that Dr. Goodstein has accepted this important leadership appointment,” said Provost Doris Helms. “The college will be in excellent hands while we renew our search for a permanent dean.”

Helms said the national search for a new dean will be suspended until the fall, when it will resume with the election of a new search committee. The first search ended unsuccessfully when the top finalist for the position was unable to accept the university’s offer because of family circumstances.

Goodstein arrived at Clemson in 1982 to work with the university’s bands. He is completing his 12th year as chairman of the performing arts department.

“I am excited by this challenge,” Goodstein said. “Having been a member of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities since its birth, I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff and students as we continue to move the college forward.”

Goodstein succeeds Clifton “Chip” Egan, who is retiring June 30 after three years as dean.

Goodstein received a Ph.D. with emphasis in music education and conducting from Arizona State University. He has a master’s degree from Arizona State and a bachelor’s from Miami University of Ohio, both in music education.

Clemson’s College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities has 10 academic departments: architecture, communication studies, construction science and management, English, history, languages, performing arts, philosophy and religion, planning and landscape architecture, and visual arts.


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