College of the Arts: Welcome

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean is located in Joe Mack Wilson Building (Building #31), Room 249. The office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


  • Patty Poulter

    Dr. Patty Poulter

    Dean, College of the Arts | 770-423-6742 |

    Dr. Patty Poulter is the Dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University. 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, the College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia.

    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.”

    She serves on the Board of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and 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. Presented to all federal legislators, as well as the President and his cabinet, 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.

    Read more about Dr. Poulter here.

  • Samuel Grant Robinson

    Samuel Grant Robinson

    Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services | 770-423-6614 |
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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 | 770-423-6742 |

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

  • Christine Collins

    Christine Collins

    Admissions Coordinator | 770-423-6614 |

  • Jessica Drewry

    Jessica Drewry

    Patron Services Manager | 678-797-2455 |

  • Mike McGhee

    Mike McGehee

    Business Manager | 770-499-3642 |
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  • Caitlin McCarthy

    Caitlin McCarthy

    Associate Business Manager | 770-794-7754 |

  • Kathie Beckett

    Kathie Beckett

    Director of Marketing and Communications | 770-499-3417 |

  • Brenda Curtis

    Brenda Curtis

    Administrative Associate | 770-499-3214 |

  • Joshua Stone

    Joshua Stone

    Graphics Supervisor & Webmaster | 678-797-2307 |

  • Selina Walker

    Selina Walker

    Staff Designer | 678-797-2307 |