Biltmore Who's Who Selects David Norman Fienen as an Honored Member of the Executive and Professional Registry

Top Quote The selection recognizes David Norman Fienen's commitment to excellence in Education. End Quote
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI (1888PressRelease) December 15, 2010 - David Norman Fienen, Provost and Dean of the College for Gustavus Adolphus College, has been selected as an Honored Member of the Biltmore Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry. The selection recognizes David Norman Fienen's commitment to excellence in Education.

    Fienen, who holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Minnesota, began his career as a church musician and organist before becoming the organist/cantor at Christ Chapel. But most of his career centers around his last thirty-eight years teaching music at Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Starting out as an instructor turned professor, Fienen developed an extensive performing career both on and off campus before getting into the administration side of the field. As provost and dean, he is responsible for the entire academic program and supervising numerous academic support departments for the institution, including the library, registrar, information technology, and faculty development center. He serves on the President's Cabinet and is one of the three officers of the college. He hires all faculty, oversees their periodic evaluations and advises the president about tenure and promotion decisions. He also works with academic departments and programs to develop, plan for, and implement their strategic plans and assessment programs. "I truly believe in the value of an excellent liberal arts education for undergraduate students and have dedicated my efforts to making that the best it could be at this institution," Fienen said.

    Planning to retire in 2011, Fienen has spent many years on various committees and programs, working his way to the top in his profession. With a true passion for music, his school has allowed him to follow his dream of teaching and still be as an active musician. Once retired, he plans to continue playing music, but also become more involved with his family, volunteering and travel. "I can envision making some recordings, doing some performing, continuing as a keyboard collaborator with other musicians in a variety of chamber music opportunities, and reading lots of books I haven't had time to read," he said.

    Fienen served on the board of directors for the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Chapter, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and the Collaboration for Learning. He received the Faculty Service Award in 2004 and also held the Edgar F. and Esther Professorship in Fine Arts, both from Gustavus Adolphus College. He was also selected as an Artist-Fellow at the Bach Aria Group Festival at Stony Brook and has had the opportunity to perform recitals in Lubeck and Lutherstadt-Wittenberg.

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