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Introducing the Arts Leadership Major at Iona College

Columba Statue in front of McSpedon Hall
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College is proud to announce the addition of an Arts Leadership major in the School of Arts & Science. The program was approved by the College's Board of Trustees and the New York State Education Department and will be under the direction of Carol Shansky, DMA, assistant professor of Fine and Performing Arts.
"We're very excited about this program, not only because it is the Fine and Performing Arts Department's first major, but also because it's the College's first interschool program," said Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
"The Fine and Performing Arts Department is thrilled to launch this innovative degree program that trains students in the practice of a chosen arts discipline and provides them the skills in communications and business to be leaders, managers and change agents in the arts,” said Dr. Shansky.
The Arts Leadership major offers a unique interdisciplinary program combining elements from fine and performing arts, business and mass communication. The program looks to attract students interested in pursuing an arts major with an administrative component. Iona College students can choose a concentration in music, theatre or dance and take foundational courses in business and communications to prepare them to pursue careers in areas that support artistic performance, such as: artist managers, performance venue management, community arts school administration, municipal arts programs or performance series director/manager. Iona's faculty responsible for teaching in each discipline have distinguished themselves as performers, choreographers and theatre directors and maintain an active presence in their respective fields. The program will also offer a five-year BA/MBA program with collaboration between Iona's School of Arts and Science and School of Business.
"Particularly exciting is the opportunity for students to continue their study through a fifth year, earning an MBA, the study of which enables them to continue their focus on arts business," added Dr. Shansky.
With Iona’s campus located just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan and nestled among an active arts community in Westchester County, students will be able to take advantage of opportunities to establish internships and contacts in their desired fields of study.
“Students who are passionate about seeing the arts thrive will be able to gain the knowledge to become leaders in the arts community,” said JoAnn Mazzella Murphy '98H, Iona College trustee and chair of the Council on the Arts. “With Iona’s proximity to New York City - the arts and cultural capital of the world - the opportunities for our students are unlimited.”
Students interested in more information about the BA in Arts Leadership should contact Dr. Shansky at or 914-633-2506, or visit the Iona College Fine and Performing Arts Department on