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Dr. Dominic Aquila Named Associate Division Dean for Fine & Performing Arts

Dr. Dominic AquilaDr. Dominic Aquila has joined the Division of Liberal Studies as associate division dean for Fine & Performing Arts at the University of St. Thomas-Houston.

In his role, Aquila will mentor new chairs and directors in the departments and programs dedicated to the fine arts, oversee UST's partnership with the MFAH Glassell School of Art and the new on-campus partnership with the Allbritton Art Institute, and promote all our fine arts programs, including the Master of Sacred Music.

"UST's location in the center of Houston's ever-growing Museum District, its historical ties to the Menil Collection, and its new collaboration with the Allbritton Art Institute called forth the need for a position that unifies and heightens the awareness of UST's music, drama, dance, art history and studio arts programs," Aquila said. "The arts have always been central to my life and work. I am honored by this appointment and eager to bring UST's arts programs to a new level of excellence and visibility." 

Aquila is a professor of History and a Core Fellow. He is the founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He served as provost, vice president for Academic Affairs, and dean of Graduate Studies from 2008 to 2017. 

Aquila has two doctoral degrees: one in higher education administration from Texas Tech University and another in History from the University of South Africa. He has an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Juilliard School. 

"With his help, we expect that both events and programs in the fine and performing arts will grow and experience renewed vitality," Dr. Andrew Hayes, division dean for Liberal Studies, and director of the Core Fellows, said.

About the Allbritton Art Institute

As a partner with the University of St. Thomas, the Albritton Art Institute creates a unique center for the study of art history and will serve its students and the broader community. The Institute’s educational objectives include offering classes, lectures and opportunities for students to study fine art in the great museums of the world.

The Albritton Art Institute was established in 1997 by Joe and Barbara Allbritton to promote the appreciation and comprehensive study of the artists and art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on impressionism and post-impressionism.