Rider University has appointed two deans to head its Westminster College of the Arts and the College of Business Administration. Both will begin their terms July 1.
Matthew Shaftel was named dean for the Westminster College of the Arts. He previously served at Florida State University where he was associate vice president for academic affairs, director of general education, and associate dean of undergraduate studies.
Shaftel replaces Robert Annis, who retired last year after 20 years of service.
Shaftel earned his bachelor’s degree in music with educator certification, a master’s degree in music theory, and a doctorate in music theory, all from Yale. His voice training included study at Yale University, the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
With a career that includes numerous published books, articles, invited articles, and book chapters, Shaftel has also continued his research productivity while maintaining his administrative and teaching roles. In the last year, Shaftel published his most recent textbook, a new critical edition of select Webern piano works, and two peer-reviewed articles, and he gave two national conference papers. In addition, he ran an international workshop at the Royal Conservatory of Music and signed a contract with the University of Illinois Press for an edited collection of essays on Cole Porter.
Shaftel has also served for almost 20 years as a church music director, first in Connecticut and more recently at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
Elad Granot was named the dean for the College of Business Administration. He was previously assistant dean of MBA programs at Cleveland State University, where he was also special assistant to the provost for eLearning development, special assistant to the president for global initiatives, and director of graduate and undergraduate student services and academic recruiting, advising and support.
Granot replaces Steven Lorenzet, who became dean of the School of Business and Management at National University in California.
Granot earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Tel Aviv University. He received his master’s degree in management and marketing from Boston University, and his doctorate in marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-896-5000; fax, 609-895-5681. Mordechai Rozanski, president. www.rider.edu.