Aug. 28, 2007

Zannie Voss Named New Chair of Arts Administration

Zannie Giraud Voss - Chair of the Division of Arts Administration at SMU
Zannie Giraud Voss

DALLAS (SMU) – Zannie Giraud Voss has been appointed chair of the Division of Arts Administration at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, effective August 1, 2007. She comes to SMU from Duke University in North Carolina, where she was Professor of Theater Studies, Markets and Management and Producing Director of Theater Previews, a professional theater company. She also served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, teaching courses in entrepreneurial management in the social sector. She will have a joint appointment in the SMU Cox School of Business and also is an Affiliate Professor with the Euromed Marseille School of Management in France.

“We are delighted that Dr. Voss has come to SMU,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. “She brings an incredible international reputation as a teacher, scholar and administrator and we are confident she will continue the excellence and growth of the Arts Administration Division into an international program. We also plan to make it interdisciplinary with other units at the Meadows School; as the school becomes increasingly interested in how artists can change the world and work for communities, arts administration becomes more important for every student in Meadows.”

The Arts Administration Division offers a two-year graduate level program to train administrators and managers for leadership roles in arts organizations. It is the only arts management training program in the country to require the completion of joint degrees concurrently, a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and, through the Cox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration. “We’d like to expand the program at the graduate level and introduce an undergraduate program as well,” said Bowen.

“There are both critical issues and a vast spectrum of opportunities facing arts organizations,” said Dr. Voss. “I believe that there is not a better place than Dallas, with its entrepreneurial spirit, and SMU, with its commitment to the arts and innovation as well as its global perspective, to nurture and inspire the next generation of arts leaders who will reshape the profession. We are already in conversation with some of the world’s leading arts management programs to establish exchange relationships that allow SMU Arts Administration students an integrated perspective on cutting edge management and policy issues internationally.”

Voss received a Ph.D. in management science from the Institut d’Administraton des Entreprises in Aix-en-Provence, France with a special jury commendation. She earned an M.B.A. from Texas A & M University and a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University.

Her former administrative positions include Assistant Professor and Managing Director of the PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Associate Manager of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas; and Assistant Director of the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

Her research interests include entrepreneurship and creativity, organizational identity, organizational learning, services marketing, consumer behavior and strategic orientation. Her research has appeared in leading academic journals in marketing, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing and European Journal of Marketing; in management, including Organization Science and Academy of Management Journal; and in the arts, including the International Journal of Arts Management, for which she also serves as an editorial board member, and American Theatre. In addition, she has given numerous papers at national and international conferences. Voss serves as a site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has also been a review panelist, and she is a consultant for both the Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Communications Group, for whom she has co-authored the annual industry analysis, Theatre Facts, since 1998. She is the co-recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and Aspen Institute Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, among others.

Voss succeeds Dr. Greg Warden, who served as interim chair for two years and head of the search committee, and will now be free to devote his attention to his two other positions, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History.

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