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Dean’s Advisory Council

Dean’s Advisory Council Meet in Spring 2022 at Montgomery Hall – Not Pictured: Nicole Crane, Andrea Friall, Barbara Heard

The distinguished individuals who comprise the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Advisory Council include many alumni who have graduated from our top programs as well as others who have become strong supporters of our students and programs through other avenues. Each member is a person of insight and accomplishment who maintains a strong commitment to Florida State University, and particularly to the great arts programs housed within our College.

The Council meets twice a year but remains actively engaged throughout the year in supporting and advising the Dean in efforts to advance the College of Fine Arts and maintain its status as a top-ranked institution for visual arts, theatre, and dance.

If you are interested in learning more about the Dean’s Advisory Council, or other volunteer leadership opportunity with the College of Fine Arts or Florida State University, please fill out the Volunteer Leadership Interest Form at the link below.



Brett Player, Chair, BS 1993, Atlanta, GA

Fred Salancy, Vice Chair, Silver Springs, MD

Jennifer Guy-Hudson, Immediate Past Chair, BS 1997, Tallahassee, FL

Blythe AdreonBA 1996, Orlando, FL

Erin BraticBA 1996, St. Augustine, FL

Nicole Crane, MS 1999, PhD 2006, West Palm Beach, FL

Sara Dimmick, BFA 2000, New York, NY

Michael Fornaro, Atlanta, GA & Naples, FL

Andrea Friall, BS 1993, Tallahassee, FL

David Gilchrist, Tallahassee, FL

Barbara Heard, BS 1981, Oakton, VA

Joe Johnson, BA 1971, PhD 1990, Cairo, GA

Howard Kessler, Tallahassee, FL

Jonathan Klepper, BS 2011, Tallahassee, FL

Cricket Mannheimer, BFA 1981, Tallahassee, FL

Lynn McWilliams, BS 1980, Tallahassee, FL

Tracey Morgan, BA 1994, Asheville, NC

Amanda Morrison, Tallahassee, FL

Adele Myers, MFA 2000, Miami, FL

Marcia D. Thornberry, BS 1997, MS 2001, Tallahassee, FL

Chuck Whited, BFA 1976, Atlanta, FL

Tirrell D. Whittley, Atlanta, GA


Segundo Fernandez
Emily James
Emory Johnson
Ina Schnell



Ben Bivins*
Mark Cecil
Terry Cole
Kim Cooke
Thomas Deans
Gloria Deison
Ramiro Fernandez
Frank Flynn
Davis Gaines
Doug Grimmett
Jane Grimmett
Mart Hill
Janet Hinkle
Emily James
Joe Johnson
Pat Kaufman
Debra Lachter
Jessie Lovano-Kerr*

Sue Markham
Daniel Markley
Sharon Maxwell-Ferguson
Meredith McKinney
Tim O’Brien
Almena Pettit
Audra Price Pittman
Sandy Proctor
Randy Rhea
Segundo Fernandez
Randy Ser
Nancy Smith Fichter
Jim Tafel
Jean Thrasher
John Toppe
Bob Ward
Katherine Weller
Michael Zuckerberg

*Deceased but not forgotten

Fall 2021 Advisory Council Meeting  I
Spring 2015 Advisory Council Meeting  I   2014 Advisory Council Meeting  I  2013 Advisory Council Meeting