Texas Tech University

Visual and Performing Arts Dean Announces Resignation

Heidi Toth

May 15, 2015

Carol Edwards is moving to a new position at Florida State University.

Carol Edwards
Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University, announced this week she has accepted a position as CEO and dean of the College of Applied Studies at Florida State University-Panama City.

Edwards' last day at Texas Tech will be July 31. She will start her new position Aug. 10.

Provost Lawrence Schovanec informed the Texas Tech faculty on Thursday.

“Under her leadership, the college has continued to enhance its national and international reputation for excellence in education, creative activity and scholarship, and outreach and engagement,” Schovanec said. “Carol has been an extremely effective advocate for her college and the creative and performing arts in our community and beyond. It has been my personal and professional pleasure to work with her as a fellow dean and now as provost.”

Edwards, who has been dean since 2007, earned her doctoral degree in art education from Florida State University.

“For the past eight years, it has been my honor to contribute to the educational mission of Texas Tech and a pure joy to work alongside the artistically talented faculty, staff and students of this college,” she said. “The future of the arts at Texas Tech is bright, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities provided to this college. Although I will once again be wearing garnet and gold I will always be a Red Raider.”

Prior to coming to Texas Tech, she was dean of Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Mississippi University for Women and the University of Alabama.

She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and the National Art Education Association.