David Squires appointed new dean of Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts

In his new role, Squires will oversee the FPSPA, helping shape the vision of the Faculty, in light of the University's strategic direction, and representing the Faculty with its policies and interests to the wider University community.

“As the newly-appointed Dean of Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts, Dr. Squires brings to TWU his outstanding record of scholarship and performance in the Music department,” says TWU Provost Dennis Jameson. “In his previous post as Chair of the Music Department, his development of the Worship Studies program, as well as his impressive body of creative work, Dr. Squires has positively contributed to his fields. We are sure that Dr. Squires will continue propelling the Faculty's success with the vision and leadership he brings to the position."

Squires, Associate Professor of Music, has been serving as the Interim Dean for the past year. During this interim role, he maintained his teaching focus, while offering leadership and direction to the faculty—a dual focus that he plans to preserve. Squires explains, “One of my highest values as an educator is maintaining the personal contact necessary to mentor others, and I look forward to continuing my work with students through my own classroom teaching.”

However, as Squires observes, his new position as Dean will also allow him to be involved with crucial administration that helps shape the direction of FPSPA.

“TWU's Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts is on the edge of very exciting growth into a School with new professional degrees and facilities, and I am energized and honoured to lead our fine faculty and students into the next stages of this development,” says Squires. “As we work with President Raymond and Provost Jameson in designing and envisioning for the future, this is going to be an exciting year for our faculty.”

Squires, an Abbotsford resident, received his Ph.D. (1993) from the State University of New York, his M.Mus.(1981) from the University of Toronto, and his B.Mus. (1979) from the University of Western Ontario. With over 25 years of teaching and musical composition experience, Squires has served on faculty in the Music Department at TWU from 1981 to 1990, chairing the Music Department as well as the Fine Arts division.

In 2001, Squires developed the Worship Studies program at TWU, coordinating the composition area of the Music Department. His own composition catalogue is impressive, as his commissioned work ranges from intimate chamber ensembles to larger choral and orchestral pieces. His most recent composition, a violin concerto entitled, “Where Angels Dance,” premiered April 2007, featuring TWU violinist Brielle Goheen.

Dr. Squires' new role is effective immediately.

For more information on the FPSPA, which offers B.A. degrees with majors in Art, Communications, Drama, Applied Linguistics, Music and Multidisciplinary studies in Fine Arts, visit http://www.twu.ca.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.


Writer: Amber Butler


Last Updated: 2007-10-11
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