Candidates for Provost
Dr. Rodney Miller is in his ninth year as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. He came to WSU from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Humanities for six years. Prior to that, he was the Director of Vocal Studies at New York University. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. from Illinois State University, an MM from Indiana University and a BM from West Texas State University. His scholarly and creative endeavors run the gamut from professional operatic performances to quantitative research analysis. His specific scholarly interests include 20th Century American vocal music, both popular and classical, as well as administrative and sociological theory as it applies to American Higher Education.
He is a veteran of the operatic stage, and his career has taken him throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His repertoire of nearly fifty roles includes, among others, Mephistopheles, Figaro, and Emil deBeque. He has been on national broadcasts both in the United States and in Europe, and has recorded for labels on both continents, most notably Bach Cantatas 21, 31 and 80 under Helmuth Rilling. He began his professional career with Chautauqua Opera in New York as Don Basilio in Barber of Seville.
Miller has long been an advocate of arts education. In this capacity he was integral in the creation and served as the founding president of the Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education. In this capacity he also served as a member of the National Alliance for Arts Education and Americans for the Arts. He has also collaborated on studies charting the economic, cultural and quality of life impact of the non-profit arts. He and his wife, Pina Mozzani, also a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, have two children following in their performing footsteps. Their daughter, Rachael, is a professional actress and their son, Matthew, is a playwright and the lighting and technical director for Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago.
Laura Woodworth-Ney is associate vice president for academic affairs at Idaho State University. Her former administrative appointments include chair of the department of history and co-director of women studies. A prolific scholar of history and the humanities, Woodworth-Ney has authored more than 30 articles, book reviews, and scholarly essays, as well as three books (several co-authored). Woodworth-Ney is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr HERS Institute for higher education leaders, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, Provo. An award-winning editor, she is the former editor-in-chief of Idaho Yesterdays, the state historical society's scholarly journal; a founding co-editor of Idaho Landscapes, the Idaho State Historical Society's magazine of Idaho history, politics, and culture; the founding editor of the Women's Western Voices book series at the University of Arizona Press; and is a member of the editorial board for the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
Woodworth-Ney is passionate about the potential of higher education to change lives, and is an active public speaker on the topics of culture, history, and education. Recently she presented at the Indus Summit in Hyderabad, India. She is currently writing a history of the culture of the irrigation movement in the arid North American West (including Canada and the United States).
Woodworth-Ney is committed to historic preservation at the local, state, and national levels. She has been a member of historical commissions in Texas, Missouri, and Idaho, and serves on the board of directors for the State of Idaho Historical Sites Review Board. She has also served as a panel reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities and as a committee member for the National Council on Public History.
Woodworth-Ney earned a bachelor degree in English from the University of Idaho, and a PhD in American history and public history from Washington State University. Woodworth-Ney is a fourth- generation Idahoan, and lives in Pocatello with her husband and son.