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College of Fine Arts Welcomes Dean James Frazier

Published July 23, 2019

The Department of Art History is excited to welcome two-time Florida State University alumnus James Frazier, who officially started his new role as Dean of the College of Fine Arts on June 17, 2019.

Frazier, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State, has served on the faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Arts Department of Dance and Choreography since 2001. His tenure at VCU includes a year as interim dean of the school.

James will be a wonderful addition to the College of Fine Arts and our highly collaborative group of deans. He truly loves this university, and I know he will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to FSU as we continue to build upon our outstanding arts programs

-Sally McRorie, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs

Frazier, who was promoted to full professor at Virginia Commonwealth in 2012, served as interim dean of VCU’s School of Arts for the 2016-2017 academic year, overseeing almost 3,000 students, 170 teaching and research faculty, 200 adjunct faculty members, 33 staff members and a campus in Doha, Qatar. His administrative posts at VCU also included associate dean for graduate studies and faculty affairs for the VCU School of Arts and chair of the Department of Dance and Choreography.

It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to give back to an institution that has given so much to me, I owe a great deal to this place which, through dedicated members of the faculty and staff, provided so many of the tools that I have relied on in the building of my professional life as an artist, educator and administrator. I am excited to rejoin this incredible community and to get to know FSU again.

-James Frazier

Frazier’s Florida State roots run deep. While studying at FSU for his bachelor’s degree in marketing (1991) and Master of Fine Arts in Dance (1994), Frazier learned the ins and outs of arts administration as a work-study student and graduate assistant in the Department of Dance.

After finishing his master’s degree, he worked behind the scenes as the dance department’s publicity coordinator for a year. A few years later, when he returned as a visiting professor, he took a similar role with the Urban Bush Women dance company, which was then collaborating with FSU on the Summer Dance Institute.

Frazier’s other appointments include co-dean of the American Dance Festival (2010-2013) and associate artistic director of the Dance Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. (2000). He also serves as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Dance, a dance accrediting body, and has been a member of the American Dance Festival’s board since 2015.


To read more about Frazier, visit the original article, courtesy of FSU News.