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CCBC names Dr. William Watson dean of the School of Liberal Arts
Watson brings 35 years of CCBC experience to his new role

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (July 25, 2013) – The Community College of Baltimore County has named Dr. William Watson as its new dean of Instruction for the School of Liberal Arts.

Dr. William Watson
Dr. William Watson

Watson, who assumes the role left vacant by retired Emeritus Professor F. Scott Black, has worked at the college for 35 years.

In this new role he will be responsible for the quality of teaching and learning, as well as be in charge of the development and evaluation of curriculum and programs within the School of Liberal Arts. He will also oversee the college’s three community theatres.

Watson came to CCBC in 1978 as an adjunct faculty in Music. He advanced to full-time faculty, and has held positions as the Music program coordinator and chair of Performing Arts and Humanities within the School of Liberal Arts.

During Watson’s Performing Arts and Humanities chairmanship, the Music program renewed its 10-year reaccreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music. He is looking forward the Theatre program’s re-accreditation in 2015, as well as the Dance program’s initial bid for accreditation in 2013. If successful, CCBC will be the only community college in the country to have all three of its performing arts programs garner this national recognition of excellence.

A successful musician, Watson has performed as a drummer and percussionist for more than 40 years. He is also a composer, having performed and conducted at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Lyric Theatre and the Hippodrome Theatre.

Watson, a resident of northeast Baltimore’s Beverly Hills neighborhood, received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Composition degrees from Towson University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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