College of Fine Arts and Design

Meet the Deans

Your Deans' Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the CFAD Deans to support transformative experiences for our students, community, faculty and staff. We will help provide students with the highest quality education, provide faculty with focused, goal oriented support, provide staff with a rewarding work environment and provide our community with excellent arts experiences.

Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Steven Lee Hansen, M.F.A.Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen came to UCO from Andrews University in Michigan in July, 2017. While at Andrews, Dean Hansen was Chair of the Department of Visual Art, Communication and Design and an award winning Research Professor. Although his primary area of expertise is ceramics and sculpture, he also taught courses in design, foundations and art history. An avid music and theater fan, Dean Hansen also participated in Community Theater, and spent more than a decade performing in a local rock band. As an administrator, he was instrumental in joining programs and departments from three schools into a cohesive, combined unit, developing curriculum, designing and renovating classroom and studio spaces, and serving on the Tenure and Promotion committee.

As a professional artist, Dean Hansen has participated in more than 75 exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, American Craft, Southern Accents and Niche Magazine. His work is also in the permanent collections of The Midwest Museum of American Art, The Fuller Craft Museum, The American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Project Art Permanent Collection of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. An avid social media user, you can follow his work on Instagram where he is “Clayprofessor”.

As Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design, Hansen is committed to UCO’s mission of providing students with transformative learning experiences, and the very best possible discipline knowledge. His motto is, “seek knowledge, practice your craft and transform the world.”

Assistant Dean Charleen Weidell

Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design: Charleen Weidell, M.F.A.

Charleen Weidell came to UCO in Aug 2004. She is a professor of art in jewelry and metalsmithing and served as assistant dean from 2014-2017 and chair of the Central Department of Art from 2007-2014.  She is also a faculty co-advisor for UCO’s student organization Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE).

Charleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and in Applied Design from San Diego State University.  She received her Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from San Diego State University in 2002.  

Charleen's work in metal has been exhibited and collected on the international, national and local levels. "Tart Server," a broad blade silver server, was recently published in Contemporary Silver Part II: Recent Commissions written by collector Seymour Rabinovich and acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England. Her latest commissioned work was the Ceremonial Medallion for President Roger Webb at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Greg White

Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design:
Greg White, Ph.D.

Greg White, the Assistant Dean of Outreach, is an actor, director, playwright, producer and presenter as well as the Executive Director for Broadway Tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma.

As a performer, Greg has created original roles in productions in New York City, traveled the country performing in Broadway National Tours and countless regional productions, toured the globe as a vocalist on major cruise lines (38 countries to date), and directed award-winning productions all over the nation. Greg recently played Karl, The Giant, in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's BIG FISH.

Greg premiered his critically acclaimed original musical Flipside: The Patti Page Story about Oklahoma’s Singing Rage, Miss Patti Page at UCO. He collaborated with Miss Page on the production that won 18 Awards at the National Kennedy Center Festival in Washington D.C. Flipside then played Off-Broadway at the prestigious 59 E. 59 theatre to standing ovations. The show is now on a national tour. Greg recently paid tribute to another Oklahoma singer with his new musical Rising Starr: Kay Starr, A Life in Song.

While he holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, Greg also has two fine arts degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, he’s an Edmond Memorial Graduate, and he is proud to call Edmond his hometown.