Joseph D. Meeks
Professor of Music
Dean of the College of the Arts
Kennesaw State University


  • Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, University of Georgia
  • Master of Fine Arts, Piano Performance, University of Georgia
  • Master of Music, Piano Performance, Georgia State University

•Private piano study with Bruce Simonds, Yale University
•Piano study with Heinz Scholtz and Angelica Sauer-Morales Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
•Postgraduate work in piano with Bela Nagy, Boston University
•Private Piano Study with prominent master teacher and pianist, Leonard Shure (faculty, New England Conservatory).



Joseph D. Meeks has been a professor of music at Kennesaw State University for more than 30 years. In the mid-1990s, he was appointed chair of the department of music, in which he had played a critical role in helping the department achieve national accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music. Mr. Meeks was appointed dean of the newly formed College of the Arts at Kennesaw State in 1998. As dean, he has overseen the college’s accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, making the college one of only a handful of Georgia institutions to have achieved full accreditation for all of its arts programs.

Under his tenure, the college’s enrollment has grown by more than 30% and he has consistently emphasized the importance of community partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Meeks has worked with a dedicated core of community volunteers to dramatically increase donor contributions to the college, which consequently has been able to endow more scholarships than any other unit at Kennesaw State.

Originally from South Carolina, Mr. Meeks holds bachelor of music and master of fine arts degrees in piano performance from the University of Georgia and a master of music degree from Georgia State University. He completed additional studies at Converse College School of Music, Yale University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In recent years, he has been honored as a Lexus Leader of the Arts. He also received the Coca-Cola Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts Leadership at the 2000 Abby Awards in Atlanta. In 2008, he has named an International Steinway Artist.

Mr. Meeks is a tireless advocate for the arts and their power to build bridges among communities.



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