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Meet Dr. Laurie Baefsky, New Dean Of UM's College Of The Arts And Media

Dr. Laurie Baefsky, dean of the UM College of the Arts and Media.

The University of Montana recently hired a permanent Dean of the College of The Arts and Media. Montana Public Radio's Tom Berich recently spoke with Laurie Baefsky to find out more about her history and vision for the school.

Dr. Baefsky began her new duties Jan. 1, 2021. She comes to UM from the University of Colorado Denver, where she served as associate dean of research and strategic partnerships in the College of Arts & Media.

Baefsky holds three degrees in flute performance: a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Fullerton.

Before joining CU Denver in 2018, Baefsky was executive director of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities and ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan (2014-18) and grants manager for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (2014).

Former appointments also include working as the founding director of Utah State University’s ArtsBridge program, as well as education director and director of development research with the Virginia Arts Festival.

The College of the Arts and Media at UM serves as the flagship institution for the arts in Montana. The college offers a full complement of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, media arts, music, journalism, theatre and dance, and integrated arts and education.

Tom Berich is a host and producer for MTPR. He can be heard on All Things Considered, Here and Now, Freeforms, World Bridges, Front Row Center and more.
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