ALBANY — Albany State University Dean of College of Arts and Humanities Leroy Bynum has announced he will be leaving ASU in July to assume a similar position with The College of Saint Rose in Albany New York.
“It’s time to make a change, I’ve enjoyed my time here at Albany State,” Bynum said late Monday afternoon. “But I’ve been here almost 22 years which is 20 years more than I ever thought I’d be at one place. My season here has come to an end and I am looking forward to a new, exciting beginning.”
For nearly his entire tenure at Albany State, Bynum has expressed his frustration with anyone who cared to listen at his disappointment in not being able to get a new fine arts center built at the university. When asked if the long and often torturous delay (since the flood of 1994) was a factor in his decision to take the St. Rose position, Bynum seemed torn as he searched for an answer.
“You know, that’s a very hard question for me to answer,” Bynum said. “The truth is we’ll never know because nothing was ever built. A new fine arts center seems to have been interwoven into everything I’ve done here. Getting a new fine arts center for Albany State University is and always will be very important to me, but It really doesn’t matter now if I am here to see it finally happen.
“The bottom line is my time has simply come and gone. Who knows if I would have stayed had a new center been built … I can’t give you a definitive answer on that one.”
In his new capacity, Bynum will oversee the College of Saint Rose’s programs leading to degrees in American studies, art, communications, English, history and political science, music, religious studies, philosophy, women’s studies, and world languages and cultures.
Bynum, a native of New York City, will assume his new title on July 14.
“Leroy Bynum is an innovative administrator and educator with a proven ability as an effective, collaborative leader. He will bring extensive academic, professional and administrative experiences and accomplishments to Saint Rose and will be an invaluable addition to our campus and leadership team,” said Dr. Hadi Salavitabar, Saint Rose vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I look forward to his strong advocacy for the needs and opportunities defining the future of our School of Arts and Humanities.”
Bynum said he was looking forward to turning a new page in his life.
“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to become the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at The College of Saint Rose. It is obvious that the cohesive community of outstanding students, faculty and staff has created a strong and highly regarded school,” he said. “I am looking forward very much to becoming a part of the leadership team that actively supports this community. And I’m eager to engage with the other schools for the advancement of the College’s mission and vision.”
As dean of Albany State’s College of Arts and Humanities since 2006, Bynum directed six academic departments offering 12 baccalaureate and four master’s degree programs. He has been responsible for all aspects of curriculum planning and development, faculty and staff development, budget and facilities. Prior to that, he served as chair of Albany State’s Department of Fine Arts.
He joined the Albany State faculty in 1992 as assistant professor of music and earned promotions to associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2003. Bynum also has served as creative director of the Arts Experiment Station at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton and taught at the University of Georgia, ABAC and Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Fla.
Even as dean of the department, Bynum continued to teach applied voice and direct an opera workshop. In addition, as the song literature specialist in Albany State’s fine arts department, Bynum teaches the upper class song literature course.
Bynum earned his doctoral degree in music/vocal performance at the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in music/vocal performance at the University of South Florida. Bynum holds active memberships in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Association for Music Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences.