WASHINGTON – Famed actor Phylicia Rashad is returning to her alma mater as the new dean of the Howard College Faculty of Fantastic Arts.
The longtime performer and Tony Award winner, who part to cultural prominence as Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Present,” graduated magna cum laude from Howard with a bachelor’s degree in fantastic arts in 1970.
Provost Anthony K. Wutoh called the appointment a “full circle moment” and explained in a assertion that Rashad’s “enthusiasm for the arts and college student achievement tends to make her a fantastic fit for this position.”
Rashad’s return to campus signifies a reemergence of the high-quality arts school the College of Fine Arts was merged into the Higher education of Arts and Sciences in the late 90s. Rashad, in a statement, reported it was a “privilege” to participate in a position in “reestablishing the University of Fine Arts.”
Howard University President Wayne Frederick said that Rashad “will engage in an instrumental role in making sure an auspicious commencing for this reestablished establishment.”
Howard Fantastic Arts alumni contain actors Taraji P. Henson and the late Chadwick Bozeman, as nicely as Bradford Young, the very first Black cinematographer to be nominated for an Oscar for 2017′s “Arrival.”
Rashad won the 2004 Tony award for best actress in a participate in for her job in “A Raisin in the Sunlight.” Her sister, actor, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen, is also a Howard alum.
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