Professor of Theatre and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Lendley C. Black joined KSU as Vice President for Academic Affairs in August 2002, after serving for nine years as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University in Kansas. Dr. Black was a Professor of Theatre at ESU, teaching courses in theatre performance, theatre history, literature, theatre appreciation, and fine arts. His other administrative posts at ESU included Director of the Student Advising Center, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Black has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a Master of Arts degree in theatre from the University of Connecticut, and Ph.D. degree in theatre from the University of Kansas. A member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, Dr. Black's primary research area is Russian theatre and drama. He has written a biography about Michael Chekhov, given lectures about Chekhov at International conferences, and has directed over thirty theatre productions in Tennessee, Connecticut, and Kansas. He has also published in the areas of academic advising and assessment. Dr. Black has been active in several community organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Kiwanis.