Keene State College Names William Seigh as Interim Provost
Keene State College announces William Seigh as interim provost. William takes on this role as former provost Walter Zakahi starts a position with a college in another area of the country. William, honored as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Keene State College in 2011, is an established and highly respected faculty member at Keene State. A professor of dance at the College for nineteen years, William is an enthusiastic administrator with a commitment to collaboration. He began this position on July 1.
“William comes to this role with strong support from many campus constituents. I look forward to his spirited enthusiasm for Keene State, his absolute commitment to collegiality and collaboration, and his undeniable passion for an outstanding and distinctive learning experience for our students,” said Keene State College President, Dr. Anne Huot.
William contributed to the creation and development of Keene State College’s Integrative Studies Program, which is central to the liberal arts mission of the College. He was also instrumental in the development of the only undergraduate dance education certification program in New Hampshire.
In 2012, William was elected to serve a second term as president of the American College Dance Association (ACDA), an internationally-recognized Washington, DC based non-profit organization with 382 college and university member institutions. ACDA supports, promotes, and affirms the role of dance in higher education, and serves 6,000 faculty and student participants annually. Recent advances under William’s leadership include the implementation of enhanced faculty development plans, educational opportunities through national summer dance programs, and the implementation of collaborative relationships with other national organizations leading to choreographic and performance opportunities.
As a modern dancer, choreographer, and teacher, William worked throughout the United States and Europe. Recent projects include choreography of solo and ensemble dances for the concert stage, theatrical stage direction, artistic direction of large-scale events, and choreography for videodance. He received his MFA in choreography and performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder and taught on the faculties of Wesleyan University, Wichita State University, James Madison University, and University of California, Irvine.