Dean, College of the Arts


Diane Petrella

Diane H. Petrella, DMA

College of the Arts


  • B.M., Eastern Illinois University
  • M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • DMA, University of North Texas
  • Artist Diploma, Texas Christian 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 Petrella 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

  • Associate Dean, Marie Bukowski
  • Associate Dean, Wendy Matthews
  • Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Retention, LeAnn Starlin Nilsson
  • Director, School of Art, Jillian Sokso
  • Interim Director, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Mourad Krifa
  • Interim Director, School of Music, Timothy Culver
  • Director, School of Theatre and Dance, Tony Hardin
  • Director, Kent State University Museum, Sarah Rogers
  • Senior Director, Philanthropy, Nicole Brownell 
  • Senior Resource Manager, Academic Budget and Resource Management, Tisha Bogovich
  • Coordinator, Operations and Special Projects, Pam Hutson
  • Faculty, College of the Arts

Contact, 330-672-2760

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