College of Fine Arts and Communication

Administration and Staff

Dr. J Christopher Buddo, Dean


J. Christopher Buddo served as Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University from the summer of 2012 until June 2013 when he was named Dean. He came to ECU in 2006 as Director of the School of Music.  Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  He has also taught at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  As a bassist, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony.  He has also appeared at the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival and the Bedford Springs Music Festival. He holds a BM from James Madison University and both an MA and DMA from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Laura C. Prividera

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2002 M.A. Interpersonal Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1998 B.S. Accounting, University at Albany, 1993

Courses Taught:
gender and communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication theory, communication pedagogy

Research Interests:
Social constructions of gender and race in military, mediated, pedagogical and health contexts.

Scholarly Work/Publications:
Dr. Prividera's work has been published in: Women's Studies in Communication, Women & Language, Health Communication, Basic Communication Course Annual, Carolinas Communication Annual, and the Texas Speech Communication Journal.

Dr. Jeffrey Ward

Associate Dean of Assessment

Dr. Jeffrey Ward is the Associate Dean of Assessment in the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Associate Director of the School of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Additionally, he serves as Director of Traditional Music at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville. Dr. Ward has worked with singers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as a church conductor, conductor of community choirs, high school choral director, and guest conductor for county and regional honor choirs. 

Dr. Ward received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education (Conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Dr. Ward has published in national choral and music education journals, including the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association, and presented music education research in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Taiwan, and throughout the United States. He has twice been awarded research and creative activity grants by the East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communication for his development of choral adjudication training and research in music assessment. He is also a two-time past nominee for the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Ward is Chair-Elect of the Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education, a member of the selection committee for the International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education, project leader for the Beginning Teacher ASPA of the Society for Music Teacher Education, and holds memberships in the International Society for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Michael Crane

Associate Dean of Research, Marketing and Outreach

Crane advises the Fine Arts Funding Board, supports external funding initiatives, produces the annual alumni magazine REVUE, maintains the college website, curates the Erwin Gallery and produces Arts Smart, Family Fare and the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. 

Mary Jane Gaddis

Director of College Development

Mary Jane Gaddis has 28 years of administrative experience in the educational setting. Before coming to work for ECU's Academic Affairs office in 1995, she held positions with the N.C. State Department of Public Instruction, Pitt County Schools, and two years in the private sector with a small research and development firm.  She served as the assistant to the dean and the director of development in the School of Music from 1996 to 2004, and been a member of the staff of the College of Fine Arts in Communication since its formation.

Duywuna Millner

Executive Assistant to the Dean

Duywuna Millner came to ECU with 13 years of administrative experience while working at Duke University. She is currently the executive assistant to the dean and is responsible for all personnel-related duties and the day-to-day operation of the College office.

Dr. Michael C. Hardy

Director of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre

Prior to serving as Director of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre at ECU, Dr. Hardy was General Manager of The Lost Colony in Roanoke Island, and served in executive roles in non-profit arts organizations for 40 years in addition to his consulting work and volunteer services to the field.  He has been President of four major performing arts centers,  an international arts association with members from 50 countries and one of the nation’s largest historic preservation/adaptive re-use projects in New York City.  Hardy has fundraised for and managed complex building projects, organized more than a dozen arts leadership conferences around the world and led organizations through major transitions.

As a strategic planning consultant, he developed the plans and staffing for the new performing arts center at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, completed a feasibility study for the National School of Ballet and headed up the planning and architect selection process for the expansion of the facilities of the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto.

Hardy holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Michigan, Masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Bachelor’s degree from Duke University. In the 1970’s he also directed and taught in the Theatre Department at East Carolina University and served as General Manager for Department Chair Edgar Loessin.

Susan Phillips

Administrative Assistant for the Institute of Outdoor Theatre
Phone: 252-328-5363; Fax: 252-328-0968

Susan Phillips has been with the Institute of Outdoor theatre since 2006. She spent the four previous years at the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-CH supporting the marketing faculty. She received a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University. Susan has spent more that 30 years performing on stage, including four summers with outdoor drama.

She has over 15 years in entertainment administration. While employed by Turner Home Entertainment, she worked for both the home video department in Atlanta and the licensing and merchandising department in New York. One of her favorite jobs was working for Children’s Television Workshop (aka Sesame Street).

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