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Jeffrey Moore, the director of UCF's School of Performing Arts, has been named the new dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

"From a pool of terrific candidates, Professor Moore stood out because of his strong leadership abilities and his innovative vision for strengthening the college's academic and interdisciplinary research mission," according to a press release. "His work on several local boards and committees has helped build awareness of the arts and relationships with UCF partners. In his new role, he will advance the college while continuing to enhance UCF's arts presence in our community and beyond."

In an April 7 presentation to faculty and students, Moore expressed concern about the position of the college at a modern research university.

"The role of a liberal arts education is under fire and has been for some time," Moore said. "We prepare students to solve the problems of our society by fostering broad knowledge ... we are all optimistic that in preparing people for a life of education and learning, the College of Arts and Humanities is fulfilling the goal of all education, which is to produce persons ready to take on the challenges of the future."

Moore's position comes as a result of a long process of interviews and a series of meetings. After making it to the final field of three candidates, Moore said he met with UCF President John Hitt and the university provost, Dale Whittaker, as well as the college's directors, chairs, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. Moore beat out Giovanna Summerfield, the associate dean for educational affairs of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, and Thomas Foster, chair of the history department at DePaul University, for the position.

Current dean José Hernandez is stepping down, having held the position since 2006.

Moore, who has been a music professor since 1994 and served as chair of the music department from 2009 to 2013, will officially take over as dean on August 8.

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Alex Storer is the Entertainment Editor of the Central Florida Future.

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