kawachi-_clemons_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE — Miamian Kawachi Clemons has been named interim chairman of Florida A&M University’s Music department.

He took over July 2 from Valenica Matthews, who is now interim dean of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

Clemons has served as assistant professor of Music and director of the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies.

He has a broad career in music and higher education and a decade of teaching experience. His positions included assistant director in the Office of Student Affairs at Florida International University and director of the Hip Hop Initiative, assistant director of bands and visiting assistant professor of Music at North Carolina Central University.

He has also served on the production staff of The Academy Awards and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show and has managed several special events with Walt Disney Entertainment.

 “I look forward to building on the foundation laid by faculty members, staff, trustees, students, and alumni under the leadership of President (James) Ammons,” Clemons said in a FAMU statement released Tuesday.

Clemons earned a doctorate in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in Music and Performance Arts Management from FIU and his undergraduate degree in Music Education from FAMU.

He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the American Educational Research Association, the American Educational Studies Association, the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society and the Interlochen Alumni Association.

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