Dean, College of the Arts | Kent State University

John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Ed.D.

John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Ed.D.

College of the Arts


  • B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., James Madison University
  • Ed.D., Temple University

Job Description

Responsible for leading the College of the Arts, which is composed of the schools of Art, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Kent State University Museum. Dean Crawford-Spinelli provides leadership in the areas of student affairs, faculty affairs, curriculum development, budget, programming and advancement for the College of the Arts. The college is active in research and community outreach. 

Direct Reports

  • Interim Associate Dean, College of the Arts, Cynthia Stillings
  • Interim Director, School of Art, Michael Loderstedt
  • Director, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, J.R. Campbell
  • Interim Director, School of Music, Ralph Lorenz
  • Interim Director, School of Theatre and Dance, Eric Van Baars
  • Director, Kent State University Museum, Jean L. Druesedow
  • Senior Director, Advancement, Shawn Golden
  • Director, Communications and Marketing, Eftihia A. Tsengas
  • Director, Academic Recruitment and Retention, LeAnn Starlin Nilsson
  • Director, Academic Advising, Sandra Randulic,
  • Manager, Academic Budget and Resource Management, Mary M. Linger
  • Manager, Operations and Special Projects, Gloria Tilenni
  • Faculty, College of the Arts 

Contact, 330-672-2760

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