College of the Arts: Welcome

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean is located in Joe Mack Wilson Building (Building #31), Room 201. The office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


  • Patty Poulter

    Dr. Patty Poulter

    Dean, College of the Arts | 470-578-6742 |

    Dr. Patricia (Patty) Poulter is the Dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University. The College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia, and is accredited by that National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
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    Dr. Poulter is frequently invited to speak on the topics of Arts Advocacy, the role of the Arts in Community, Economic Impact of the Arts, and Higher Education Leadership. Dr. Poulter serves on the Executive Board of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. She is the Council’s representative to the Americans for the Arts, a national legislative advocacy organization. In that capacity, she assisted in writing the official Call to Action position paper regarding funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and artists. The document urged Congress to support the NEA budget requests, thereby preserving citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and advancing creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.

    Dr. Poulter joined Kennesaw State University in July of 2013 after serving as associate dean for the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University since 2009. There she worked with 10 academic programs, five interdisciplinary programs, the Center for Performing Arts, the Center for Integrative Humanities, the Tarble Arts Center, the International Center for Global Diversity, a PBS station, radio station, and a student-run daily newspaper. She is the author of a chapter on working with Student Media in “The Resource Handbook for Academic Deans.”

    Dr. Poulter has enjoyed a long career as a church musician, serving as conductor of choirs and chamber orchestras. As a member of the seven-member vocal ensemble “Choragos,” she toured frequently throughout Europe performing music of the Renaissance, specifically from the manuscripts of Petrus Alamire.

    Dr. Poulter earned the Doctoral degree in Education in Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Dr. Poulter holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Eastern Illinois University.

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  • Harrison Long

    Harrison Long

    Interim Associate Dean, College of the Arts| 470-578-6884 |
    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Acting
    M.F.A. Theatre (Acting), Southern Methodist University
    B.F.A Theatre (Acting), Florida State University
    Areas of Emphasis: Contemporary Scene Study, Period Styles
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    Harrison Long received a B.F.A. (Acting) from Florida State University and an M.F.A. (Acting) from Southern Methodist University. He is an alumnus of the Teacher Development Workshop at the Actor’s Center in New York City as well as Richard Schechner’s ECA Performance Workshop at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. In 1999 he traveled to Indonesia to study Balinese Theatre, Shadow Puppetry, and Mask Making.

    Long began his professional acting career in 1986 and has performed styles ranging from contemporary drama to musical comedy with a special emphasis on Shakespeare. New York credits include the title role in Henry V (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Bloomsday On Broadway (Symphony Space). Regional credits include People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre and the Utah, Texas and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. In Atlanta, Long has performed for the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Theatre in the Square, ART Station, Theatrical Outfit, Theatre Emory, Horizon Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre where he was a founding company member.

    Long directed the premiere productions of What Rough Beast Slouches and Trinity at the 14th Street Playhouse. He has staged operas ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mozart. He has also guided the creation of original works such as FLOOD!; a performance piece integrating world mythology with survivor experiences from the 1997 Red River Flood in North Dakota. For KSU Professor Long has directed productions of The Laramie Project, Comedy of Errors and The Glass Menagerie. The student costume design of his production As You Like It won top national honors at the American College Theatre Festival.

    In 2008, Long’s portrayal of Magwitch in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production Great Expectations received an “Honorable Mention for Best Supporting Actor” in the Sunday Paper’s annual Spotlight Awards. The production, which featured the work of 17 KSU students and faculty, also made the Spotlight list of “Top Ten Directors” and “Top Ten Productions” for the 2009 theatre season. In 2008 Long played Cromwell in Theatre in the Square’s A Man for All Seasons, which received the Suzi Bass award for “Best Production.” In fall 2010, he will play the role of Clayton in Horizon Theatre’s world premiere of Night Blooms written by KSU’s Margaret Baldwin and directed by KSU’s Karen Robinson.

    Teaching credits include Marymount Manhattan College, The University of Tennessee, St. John’s University, Southern Methodist University, Georgia State University, Clayton College and State University, Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, and the Summer Theatre Institute at Columbia University. He has coached students, professionals and was the Dialogue Coach for the CBS series, Dangerous Curves. He is a member of The Actor’s Equity Association.

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  • Samuel Grant Robinson

    Samuel Grant Robinson

    Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services | 470-578-6614 | | Academic Resource Center for Students
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    Samuel Grant Robinson came to KSU from The University of Michigan where he most recently served as Associate Director of the Office of New Student Programs. Charged with guiding the new student and parent orientations for 8,000 incoming families annually, Robinson coordinated the orientation needs and goals of 19 colleges, schools, and academic units at UM, as well as those of admissions, registration, athletics, financial aid, and housing.

    Prior to his appointment in the Office of New Student Programs, Robinson served as Senior Admissions Counselor at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at The University of Michigan. In his time there, the School managed more than 1,800 applications and audition requests per year for approximately 225 spaces. He assisted in the development of strategies for the overall marketing of the School's programs; assisted with the School's website resources to present more comprehensive information to prospective students; launched an effort to increase and improve the recruitment of Michigan residents by coordinating the resources of UM's faculty and high school outreach programs; and participated annually in the National Association of College Admissions Counselors Fine and Performing Arts College Fairs.

    Robinson's enrollment management experiences at Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance included oversight of eight of the School's 30 undergraduate curricula, including evaluating the academic credentials of applicants, consisting of approximately 550 applications and auditions per year. Additionally, he coordinated the School's participation in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives King/Chavez/Parks visitation program, bringing children from various urban communities in Michigan to campus to explore opportunities they would have in college.

    A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Robinson's degree is in literature, and his graduate coursework is in writing pedagogy and linguistics. He has presented on whole language, and HIV/AIDS discrimination at both the University of Michigan and EMU, and his work on perceptual literacy and whole language has been published by the Journal of the Michigan College English Association.

  • Melissa Fryer

    Melissa Fryer

    Secretary to the Dean | 470-578-6742 |

    1972 | Katharine Gibbs School, New York, New York
    1971 | Greenwich (Connecticut) High School

  • Christine Collins

    Christine Collins

    Admissions Coordinator | 470-578-6614 | | Academic Resource Center for Students

  • Jessica Drewry

    Jessica Drewry

    Patron Services Manager | 470-578-2455 |

  • Dan Hesketh

    Dan Hesketh

    Digital Media Specialist - School of Music | 470-578-2455 |

  • Mosfica Klay

    Mosfica Klay

    Associate Business Manager | 470-578-7754 |

  • Mike McGhee

    Mike McGehee

    Business Manager | 470-578-3642 |

  • Kathie Beckett

    Kathie Beckett

    Director of Marketing and Communications | 470-578-3214 |

  • Brenda Curtis

    Brenda Curtis

    Administrative Associate | 470-578-3214 |

  • Joshua Stone

    Joshua Stone

    Graphics Supervisor & Webmaster | 470-578-2307 |