Dr. Russ A. Schultz

Dean
Office: Theatre Arts 201
Phone: 409-880-8137
Email: russ.schultz@lamar.edu

Dr. Schultz started as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2000. Prior to this position Dr. Schultz was chair of the Music Department at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Dr. Schultz received music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, University of Memphis and the University of North Texas.

He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. In addition, he serves on the Boards of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Young Audiences of Southeast Texas and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. He served as President of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and was Vice President of the Beaumont Rotary Club. Recently, the Jefferson County Commissioners appointed him as a member of the Jefferson County Tourism Commission.

As a performing musician, he performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, did extensive work as a recording musician and continues to serve as a member of the professional artistic staff for Yamaha Band Instruments. He remains active as a performer and conductor.

Dr. Schultz has an extensive teaching background at the secondary and post-secondary levels. In the 24 years that he served as a music administrator, he was active in the accreditation process of the National Association of Schools of Music. In that role, he served on the accreditation commission and visited many schools as a trained visiting evaluator.