Curt Scheib, a 1977 graduate of IUP, has been selected to
serve as dean of the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of
Scheib will begin work at the university on July 1, 2019. He
replaces Michael Hood, who retired from the role in June 2018. David
Ferguson has been serving as the interim dean since Hood’s retirement.
Scheib is currently dean of the School of Visual and
Performing Arts at Seton Hill University.
“Dr. Scheib brings a variety of solid and deep experience to
IUP, ranging from departmental and division leadership to curricula development
to fundraising,” said IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland. “He is a good fit for IUP, and we’re also pleased to ‘welcome
home’ one of our own.
“Dr. Ferguson has done an excellent job as interim dean of
the college, and I want to express my sincere appreciation for his service to
the college and to the university. I also want to thank all of the members of
the search committee for their diligence and commitment to this important
Scheib began his professional career at Seton Hill in 1985,
serving as an assistant professor of music until 2005 and as chair of the
Department of Music from 1988 to 1997. He was named chair of the Division of
Visual and Performing Arts in 1997, a post he held until 2017. He was promoted
to professor of music in 2005 and named dean of the School of Visual and
Performing Arts in 2017.
Scheib has a doctor of musical arts in voice degree from West
Virginia University and a master of music in voice degree—as well as an artist
diploma in opera—from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of
Music. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in music education, Scheib also
earned a master of arts from IUP in organ performance.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next
dean of the College of Fine Arts at IUP,” Scheib said. “It is particularly
fulfilling, as an alumnus, to return to IUP and lead the CFA into the future.”
While at Seton Hill, he led the development, planning, and
construction of the Seton Hill Arts Center, a 50,000-square foot, $16-million
building that houses complete facilities for the visual arts and for dance. He
also led the development, planning, and construction of the Seton Hill University
Performing Arts Center, a 73,000-square foot, $22-million facility housing the
departments of Music and Theater.
He directed the planning and fundraising for the purchase of
all new Steinway and Steinway-brand pianos for the Seton Hill University Performing
Arts Center; Seton Hill University was named an All-Steinway School in
He has led the faculty in the development of new curricula
in music therapy, musical theater, dance, graphic and interactive design,
and commercial music, along with systematic program review evaluations of all
curricular offerings. He directed the faculty through two successful 10-year
reviews by the National Association of Schools of Music. He has also been
actively involved in student recruitment and retention, developing new marking
campaigns and overseeing general outreach efforts.
Under his leadership, the offerings of the Seton Hill
University Community Arts Program have grown to more than 500 students.
Scheib also has completed the Senior Leadership Academy at
the American Academic Leadership Institute; has trained to serve as a visiting
evaluator team leader for the National Association of Schools of Music; was a
fellow at the Bach Aria Festival and Institute; and did advanced study at the
Academia Vocale di Lucca. He is a member of the International Council of Fine
Arts Deans and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
In addition to his work at Seton Hill, he is a member of the
Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music;
serves as a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of
Music; was the interim director of music at the Shadyside Presbyterian Church;
and was a conductor for the Shadyside Choral Society.
Scheib has offered presentations on the Arts in Community
for the Society for College and University Planning and has performed as
baritone soloist with orchestras, choruses, and opera companies throughout the