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As vice provost at West Virginia University, Dr. Paul Kreider provides the leadership and vision to create, implement and manage the strategic direction for education on all campuses of WVU, including the main campus in Morgantown, WVU Tech in Beckley and Potomac State College in Keyser.
In his previous role as dean of the WVU College of Creative Arts, Kreider enriched the college’s curriculum by adding several academic programs, including Musical Theatre, Music Industry, Music Therapy and Dance. He also significantly enhanced the college’s facilities.
Kreider worked with faculty and staff in the School of Art & Design to open the Art Museum of WVU and the Nath Sculpture Garden and oversaw the conceptual design of the ongoing expansion of college’s main facility, the Creative Arts Center. Additionally, he created a vibrant arts outreach program in the college and revitalized recruitment, resulting in a dramatic increase in enrollment. The fall 2017 entering class of CCA majors is projected to be the largest in decades.
Kreider joined West Virginia University as dean of the CCA in July 2011. He previously served as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University; chair of the Department of Music at Northern Kentucky University; associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; chair and assistant chair, coordinator of Vocal Studies and director of Opera Theater at the School of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Kreider’s work as an administrator follows a very successful career as a recording artist and performer. As a professional baritone, he sang with renowned operatic companies and symphony orchestras and appeared on stages around the world.