Michael Hood, dean of the College of Fine Arts, has been nominated by Indiana Rotary for the 2009 Male Civic Leader of the Year Award.
Hood has been a member of the Rotary Club of Indiana since 1999, has served as president for the 2007–08 year, and has been on the board of directors since 2006. He has also been recognized with the Rotary District 7330 Governor’s Circle Award and the Shining Star Award for Outstanding Service to Rotary International and District 7330 and was selected as the Paul Harris Fellow in 2002.
Hood has been an advocate and supporter for a number of IUP programs specifically designed to provide arts experiences and immersion for community school children. He has been a board member and treasurer of the University Museum at IUP since 1998, providing leadership in the museum’s embrace of local and regional history.
As a member of the Pittsburgh Regional Champions, Hood continues to promote Indiana County in the ten-county region in order to enhance and encourage a larger awareness of local economic, artistic, and educational opportunities.
In his professional role as dean of the College of Fine Arts, he has worked to bring about a facilities renaissance that reflects a commitment to these facilitieis being available, accessible, and welcoming to the community as an important arts and cultural resource. Under his professional leadership, the College of Fine Arts has seen all of its degree programs achieve or be renewed in full professional accreditation.
The award presentation was held on March 19 at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana.