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.
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
gender and communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication theory, communication pedagogy
Social constructions of gender and race in military, mediated, pedagogical and health contexts.
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.
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.
Associate Dean of Research, Marketing and Outreach
Michael Crane serves as Associate Dean of Research, Marketing and Outreach and the Producing Artistic Director of Arts Smart, Family Fare and the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. He has won over 50 arts grants yielding more than $330,000 for the institution and has presented more than 100 artists and attractions for the benefit of the regional community. He writes and designs the annual award-winning college magazine, REVUE. Crane holds expired credentials from the Security and Exchange Commission, the Missouri Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Michigan and Missouri state boards of education. And, he can parallel park a school bus.
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.
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.
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.
Administrative Assistant for the Institute of Outdoor Theatre
Phone: 252-328-5363; Fax: 252-328-0968