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Dean's Office Staff
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, 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, 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, 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.
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
In their spare time, Rain enjoys painting, writing poetry, making music with their
sisters, and playing video games.
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, 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!
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.