Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 14 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. He recently served as President of the Association for General and Liberal Studies, and is currently the Treasurer of the College Music Society. In 2014 he was named a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts.
Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Infinitives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. Kaptain is a founding partner of the Alliance for the Arts at Research Universities (a2ru), a partnership of thirty institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines.