Charles “Chuck” O’Connor has announced that he will be stepping down as Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts effective January 3, 2022. After that date, he will return to the faculty of the Johnny Carson School of Theater and cinema, according to Nebraska today.
O’Connor has been Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2012. During his tenure he created two new bachelor’s programs, established new scholarships, initiated diversity initiatives, oversaw the renovation of a number of Hixson-Lied installations and helped raise $ 20 million as part of the $ 57 million investment to build the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.
“Now at 10 years old, I am confident that we are on track to achieve whatever we set out to do,” O’Connor said in the article. “I am eternally grateful to the faculty, staff, students, university leaders and our community of supporters for the opportunity they have given me to lead this special college.”
According to Nebraska Today, an interim dean for Hixson-Lied College will be announced soon. The search for its next permanent dean will begin once a committee is established.