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May 2001

Release Date: May 29, 2001

Beck Appointed Associate VP of Academic Affairs at ASU

Richard Beck, the director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, has been named the associate vice president for academic affairs at Angelo State University.

ASU Academic Affairs Vice President Dr. Donald V. Coers announced the appointment, effective July 1. As associate vice president for academic affairs, Beck will have responsibility for implementing a full-fledged honors program at ASU as well as overseeing developmental education.

Beck has been associated with Del Mar College for the past 12 years as a professor of music. He was chairman of the Music and Drama Department for three years before assuming his current position with the Teaching and Learning Center. In addition to his musical background, he has expertise in technology and curriculum development.

Coers said Beck's administrative experience meshes well with his teaching philosophy and his enthusiasm for students.

"His credentials and his attitudes toward teaching," Coers said, "fit perfectly with the academic emphasis of strong, personal-oriented education that we have traditionally maintained at Angelo State University. Dr. Beck's new ideas and enthusiasm will further enhance our total academic program."

As director of Del Mar's Teaching and Learning Center, Beck designed the 3,000-square-foot facility, established an extensive web site, provided training in methodology and technology, and organized numerous campus events, including convocation and adjunct faculty orientation. As chair of the Music and Drama Department, he oversaw departmental planning, budgets, program reviews and student outcomes. In addition, he performed a variety of community services.

During his time at Del Mar, Beck also served as an adjunct faculty member of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and developed and coordinated a unified music program between the two institutions.

Beck earned his doctor of musical arts in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He holds a master of music from the University of North Texas and a bachelor of music from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

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