A reception to honor the Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Joe Scartelli was held on April 28, in the Covington Center Atrium.
After more than 20 years in the role, Scartelli is stepping down as dean at the end of June to return to the classroom. Scartelli joined the RU faculty in 1981 as the director of the school's then-new music therapy program. He took on the role of dean in 1988. Between 2009 and 2011, Scartelli served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Guests at the reception, hosted by CVPA faculty, were able to mingle with Scartelli, share stories of their time at Radford and talk about what the future holds for the university.
Many of the memories shared were about the students that have come and gone over the years, always eager to hone their art at Radford. It is estimated that nearly 4,000 students have graduated from the CVPA during Scartelli's tenure.
The CVPA prides itself on the combination of artistic and academic excellence across all of the arts disciplines. As a comprehensive arts institution, the CVPA contains the major art forms within its five disciplines: art, dance, interior design and fashion, Music, and theatre and cinema. It is also host to the RU Art Museum system.
Students readily enjoy access to all of the arts leading to an experience in which the student’s major is complemented by exposure to a diverse artistic environment. Students in all CVPA programs work closely with accomplished and renowned faculty who serve as outstanding mentors and professional role models.
Much of the growth of the present-day CVPA is due to the tireless efforts Joe Scartelli, whose outstanding work as dean will not soon be forgotten.