A Celebration of Donald L. Gephardt

A Celebration of Donald L. Gephardt

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Donald L. Gephardt

 Honoring the Late
Dean, Educator, and Musician
 Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2 PM

Tohill Theatre in Bunce Hall

followed by reception in the lobby

Free and Open to the Public

RSVP requested to stewartm@rowan.edu by April 29th

featuring performances by

Rowan Jazz Faculty 

Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rowan Music Department Alumni

Piano, Opera, and Dance Faculty 

Current Students from the Department of Theatre & Dance

and remarks by

Dr. Richard Dammers, Dean of the College of Performing Arts

Robert Morrison, Director of Arts EdNJ, and CEO, of Quadrant Research

Skeffington Thomas, Chair of the Rowan University Department of Art

Richard Gephardt, brother of Don Gephardt, and former United States Representative



Donald L. Gephardt Biography



Donald L. Gephardt (1937-2017) came to Rowan University in 1990 as Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. He served as Dean for 17 years and was instrumental in the establishment of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies. Don led the original accreditation of the undergraduate programs by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design-Art and the National Association of Schools of Theater. Under his leadership, the BFA in Studio Art , the MA in Theater and MM in Music degrees were developed and approved. He was Interim Provost for almost two years and was highly influential in the establishment of the College of Engineering at what was then Glassboro State College. Prior to his position at Rowan, Don was Dean of Instruction at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. He held graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Don was a clarinetist and an educator who was passionate about the importance of the arts in developing students into global citizens who could contribute to their communities. As President of the International Conference of Fine Arts Deans (ICDAD), he led the development of K-12 standards for integration of arts education in schools. He also served as international liaison to the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). ICFAD dedicated its 2017 Annual Meeting to Don for his numerous contributions. He was a member of several boards of directors and arts organizations including Young Audiences, the Philadelphia Arts Partnership, the Board of Arts Education NJ, and the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership. He received the 2013 New Jersey Governor’s Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Arts Education Award. Don played clarinet with the Lyric Winds Quintet of New Jersey and published in several music education journals

Don was a compassionate and caring man who loved his family and was a wonderful friend. He was strongly committed to the arts and arts education and served Rowan University and numerous arts and arts education organizations with distinction.