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El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

Choral director promoted to interim Dean of Fine Arts

Dr. Joanna Nachef is the newly elected interim dean for the Fine Arts Department for Fall 2016. Nachef has received multiple prestigious awards and debuted as the first ever female conductor in the Arab region.

The El Camino Fine Arts Division has elected an interim dean for the fall semester after the retirement of the previous dean.

Former Dean Constance Fitzsimons recently retired after overseeing the Fine Arts Division for seven years.

“She was ready to retire and travel around the world with her husband,” Ron Scarlata, theater instructor, said.

A few days before Professional Development Day, Dr. Joanna Nachef was invited to be the interim dean.

“I felt very privileged to step (into) the role to help the Fine Arts Department,” Nachef said.

As interim dean, Nachef said she will be in office until the new dean starts at EC on in January 2017.

Professors on campus said they are impressed with Nachef’s work as interim dean.

“She’s doing a really great job,” Russell McMillan, art instructor, said.

Scarlata also agreed, recalling his experience with Nachef before her promotion.

“I worked with her and she’s just a wonderful and high-spirited person,” he said.

Nachef was a full-time choir director and instructor before being promoted as interim dean.

“It wasn’t her goal to become dean. Her first love is working with students and creating music,” Scarlata said.

Nachef hopes to act as a facilitator and a supporter for both the staff and students of the Fine Arts Division.

“I want to be the wind for their wings, serve as an advocate, serve as a leader in this leadership position and lead by example,” Nachef said.

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