Dr. Dennis K. McIntire, Interim Dean of the School of Communication Arts and Music at Reinhardt College, received the prestigious Administrator of the Year Award from Georgia Music Educators Association, GMEA, on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. GMEA President Dr. Richard Bell (right) presented the 2007 award to McIntire at the organization's general session during their annual conference. The conference was attended by almost 2000 music teachers and performers.
McIntire said receiving the award was "a humbling experience."
"It's a statewide award, and there are a lot of administrators in this state," McIntire said. "I understand that I'm the first college person to win the award. Usually it goes to a school superintendent or school administrator. I feel very honored."
McIntire also commended the hard work of the faculty and staff of the Eulene Holmes Murray Department of Music. "I'm privileged to work with a team of dedicated faculty and staff, who all pull together for the good of our students," he said. "None of what we've accomplished would have been possible without everyone's support."
McIntire was nominated for the award by Reinhardt Associate Professor of Music Dr. M. David Gregory, with support from Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood and Reinhardt Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Robert L. Driscoll. Gregory described McIntire as "an exceptional administrator, leader, musician and artistic innovator."
"Dr. McIntire has been at Reinhardt College for five years, during which time he has made incredible progress in building and promoting the Music Education program here," said Gregory. "When he arrived, there were fewer than 20 music majors. Today our department has reached a departmental enrollment cap of eighty (80) music majors."
McIntire said his selection also reflects favorably on the Eulene Holmes Murray Department of Music. "It helps others know that Reinhardt is a place where music education is significant," McIntire said.
Reinhardt's music students were excited about the award. "Our music students are very pleased and excited that their administrator has been recognized by the state music organization in such a manner," Gregory said.
McIntire's leadership has also helped the department expand its academic programs and performing ensembles. In the near future, McIntire has plans to launch a Master of Music, making Reinhardt the only college in northwestern Georgia to offer such a program.
His knowledge of musical standards and accreditation processes has also been valuable. "He has been the point person responsible for earning accreditation from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, as well as from the National Association of Schools of Music for our programs," Gregory said. "What just a few years ago was a small music department in a small private college is now a nationally accredited, growing, productive, and exciting experience for college students and future music teachers."
Driscoll commended McIntire's competence and enthusiasm. "He has provided outstanding leadership in developing one of the finest private college music programs in the state. He has supported the hiring of some of the finest musicians in Georgia to support the programs, developed new programs in Music performance and teacher education, and continues to support professional organizations through his engagement and dedication to bringing quality music performance to the Northwest part of Georgia."
McIntire, now a Canton, Ga. resident, came to Reinhardt in August of 2003 from Chowan College in Murfreesboro, NC. Since his arrival, he has served as assistant dean for music. As an associate professor of music, he also directs the College's concert choir and the courses he is teaching this spring include music theory, music history and music form and analysis.
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