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Laurence Kaptain Named Director for Creative Initiatives

06/24/2013 09:00 AM

BATON ROUGE – Laurence Kaptain, dean of the LSU College Music & Dramatic Arts, or CMDA, will move into the position of Director for Creative Initiatives effective Aug. 10. This assignment will build on key accomplishments of Kaptain’s four-year tenure as dean, such as increased international activity, creative events, interdisciplinary projects among colleges, and the first LSU live-streaming of concerts and web-based social networking and crowdsourcing initiatives.


LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell said an interim dean will be appointed in August, and a national search for a continuing dean will commence thereafter.  


According to Bell, “One of Larry’s strengths is his ability to think ‘out of the box,’ which allows him to see potential connections for creative collaboration. Over the past four years he has helped form and shape programs, projects and alliances between CMDA and the Colleges of Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, Human Sciences & Education, Science, Business, Mass Communication, and Art & Design.”


Kaptain will be working closely with the Office of Research and Economic Development to enhance a broader appreciation for the contribution of all disciplines to the research plan of the university, develop communication mechanisms to promote scholarship both internally and externally, and identify funding sources that would support creative engagement. In addition, he will be involved in planning interdisciplinary events on campus that promote creativity among faculty and students.


More information on the search for the new dean for the College of Music & Dramatic Arts will be available soon at

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