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Dean's Office Staff

Rodney Miller

Rodney Miller, Dean

Dr. Rodney Miller is in his fifteenth year as Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. He came to WSU from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Humanities for six years. Prior to that, he was the Director of Vocal Studies at New York University. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. from Illinois State University, an MM from Indiana University and a BM from West Texas State University.

His scholarly and creative endeavors run the gamut from professional operatic performances to quantitative research analysis. He is a veteran of the professional operatic stage, and his career has taken him throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has been on national broadcasts both in the United States and in Europe, and has recorded for labels on both continents. His specific scholarly interests include 20th Century American vocal music, both popular and classical, as well as administrative and sociological theory as it applies to American Higher Education.

Miller has long been an advocate of arts education. In this capacity he was integral in the creation and served as the founding president of the Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education. In this capacity he also served as a member of the National Alliance for Arts Education through the education wing of the Kennedy Center and Americans for the Arts. He has also collaborated on studies charting the economic, cultural and quality of life impact of the non-profit arts, and he has written extensively on the importance of the arts to the health and wealth of our society.

He and his wife, Pina Mozzani, also a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, have two children following in their footsteps. Their daughter, Rachael, is a professional actress in Los Angeles, and their son, Matthew, is a lighting and designer in Chicago who has worked extensively in Europe as well as North and South America.

Wendy Hanes

Wendy Hanes, Assistant Dean

Wendy Hanes serves as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at Wichita State University. She taught ballet in the WSU School of Performing Arts/Dance program and established the College of Fine Arts Institute preparatory program at WSU.  Prior to that, she taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University.  Her performance career was as a soloist with the Des Moines Ballet Company, where she also taught extensively and established a Dance in Public Schools Program.  She studied dance with Mary Joyce Lind in Des Moines, Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago and University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she received her BFA in Ballet.

In her role as Assistant Dean, Ms. Hanes oversees curriculum changes, course scheduling, faculty committees, guest artist contract requests, Fine Arts Ambassadors and Faculty Excellence Awards.  She also often represents the College at Admissions events and recruitment fairs and serves as the liaison with the College of Applied Studies on the ILTPC committee.

Brenda Achey

Brenda Achey, Accountant IV

Brenda Achey began her tenure at Wichita State University in July 1984 as a receptionist in the Mathematics/Statistics Department.  She also worked in the Controller’s Office for 16 years and transferred to the College of Fine Arts in 2002.  Brenda received her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting in 1996 from WSU.  Brenda’s hobbies include art, sewing & reading.  She also loves to attend WSU basketball games.

Ray Clithero

Ray Clithero, Director of Fine Arts Facilities

Ray Clithero is the Director of Fine Arts Facilities, which entails the coordination and supervision of many of the twelve facilities in which the college has a presence. He also serves as the supervisor of Performance Facilities, which oversees the more than 500 performances and presentations done by the college annually.

He is a true Wichitan, born and raised. He came to Wichita State to major in Theatre and found his true passion to be behind the stage rather than on it. After leaving WSU, he took a number of professional technical jobs throughout the U.S., including such stops as Louisville and Philadelphia, where he worked at a number of prestigious theatres, including Bucks County Playhouse and Pocono Playhouse. He also toured nationally with Mickey Rooney’s Broadway hit Sugar Babies.

He is also known for his work with Century II as the business manager for IATSE, as well as his long-standing time at WSU.

Erin Gray

Rain Gray, Coordinator of Communications Outreach

Rain Gray is the Coordinator of Communications Outreach for the College of Fine Arts. Rain is a WSU alum and received their Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Communications from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but took many Fine Arts courses during their undergraduate program, including acting, drawing, painting, and choir.

Rain has been working at WSU since 2013, starting as a student assistant in the LAS Advising Center, then as an intern and administrative assistant with Counseling and Prevention Services. Rain has been with the College of Fine Arts Dean's Office since 2018. 

In their spare time, Rain enjoys painting, writing poetry, making music with their sisters, and playing video games. 

Kevin Wedan

Kevin Wedan, Assistant to the Dean

Kevin Wedan, Assistant to the Dean, is a WSU alum with a B.F.A. in Dance from the College of Fine Arts. Upon graduating from WSU, Kevin moved to NYC where he worked as assistant to various deans of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.

After 25 years of taking advantage of all NYC has to offer, Kevin returned to Wichita, WSU, and the College of Fine Arts.  When he is not at his desk in the CFA Dean’s Office or in a dance class, Kevin can be found in attendance as an avid audience member of Wichita’s myriad fine arts performances and gallery showings.

Sanya Wiles

Sanya Wiles, Director of Advising and Student Services

Sanya Wiles serves the College of Fine Arts as the Director of Advising and Student Services. She received a B.S. in Business Management and an M.B.A. from Friends University. Before coming to Wichita State University, Sanya was the Director of Career Services at Friends University. During her tenure at Friends, she also held positions in recruitment and prior and experiential learning.

Throughout her career in higher education, her passion for student success has been exemplified through her continued commitment to recruitment, academic advising, experiential learning and career development.

Sanya and her team of Academic Advisors are dedicated to helping students reach their true potential, navigate their academic journey at Wichita State University and achieve their educational, career and personal goals. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, grandson and two dogs. She loves watching Wichita State Shockers Men’s Basketball! GO SHOCKS!

Dean Rodney Miller
From the Dean's Desk

Welcome from Dean Rodney Miller

Your journey from young talented amateur to successful professional – whatever the artistic endeavor – can be a long and arduous one. But it can also be a journey that provides the deepest levels of ecstasy and fulfillment the human soul can imagine. It is a journey that you alone can travel . . . but it is a journey that cannot be made without the help of others.