Friends, faculty, staff, alumni, and students are invited to celebrate the career of Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, on Wednesday, May 30. The event’s
proceeds will support the establishment of a scholarship to benefit students who study theater and to name the dean’s suite in the College
of Fine Arts in Hood’s honor.
Hood, who completes his 20th year at IUP and will retire at the end of June, oversaw the expansion of Cogswell Hall, IUP’s music complex, and the transformation of Waller Hall and Fisher Auditorium into the single Performing Arts Center. Responsible for a variety of curriculum enhancements, he led IUP’s effort to become an All-Steinway School and the establishment of the university’s Center for Wood Art, as well as the establishment of the IUP Community Music School. Hood oversaw the addition of the Pogorzelski-Yankee memorial organ to the IUP campus and has been an active proponent and participant in the direction and development of IUP’s University Museum.
In addition to his on-campus achievements, Hood also maintained a commitment to his profession off campus. He participated frequently as a mentor in the Association for Theater in Higher Education Leadership Institute and for the National Association for Schools of Theater, as a member and board member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and as member and currently president of the National Theatre Conference. In 2014, Hood became an American Theatre Fellow. Investiture in the College of Fellows of the American Theatre is one of the highest honors bestowed upon educators and professionals of the theater. He has served as guest and featured artist for productions throughout the United States and abroad in Indonesia and China.
Hood has been active in the local and regional community, having served as a member of the board of the Indiana Arts Council, as a member, board member and president of the Indiana Rotary Club, as a member of the board of Artworks and now Bottle Works–Arts on 3rd Avenue in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, and as the chairman of the 2016 Indiana Borough Bicentennial Celebration. He has twice been named a finalist for the Indiana County Civic Leader Award and was selected Indiana Rotary Rotarian of the Year in 2016.
For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Jenn Dunsmore in the Office of Advancement at 724-357-3317 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The celebration takes place at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Reservations are $150 per person, and the following sponsorship opportunities are available: