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Dr. Simon Tarr, Director of Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts.

Dr. Simon Tarr Named Director of School of Communication and the Arts

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (May 2, 2023) –Regent University has announced the selection of Dr. Simon Tarr as Director of the School of Communication and the Arts, effective Monday, May 1, 2023. He will also continue to serve as Dean of the Honors College.

“As interim director, Dr. Tarr has served the staff and students of the School of Communication and the Arts with visionary leadership,” said Dr. William L. Hathaway, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “I have every confidence in Dr. Tarr’s capabilities as an extraordinary scholar, educator, artist, and administrator.”

In addition to this appointment, Dean Tarr will continue to serve as Dean of the Honors College, where he provides intensive interdisciplinary coursework to highly motivated and talented undergraduates.

“Regent University empowers students to identify and cultivate their true calling with a carefully integrated Christ-centered mission” said Dr. Simon Tarr, newly appointed Director of the School of Communication and the Arts and Dean of the Honors College. “I am grateful for this opportunity to grow our students into courageous artists, communicators, and servant leaders who will impact the world for the glory of God.”

Tarr earned his Doctorate in Information Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Ohio University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video from Penn State.

About Regent University

Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university, with more than 13,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 150 areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Regent University has been ranked the #1 Best Accredited Online College in the United States (, 2020), the #1 Safest College Campus in Virginia (YourLocalSecurity, 2021), and the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Program in Virginia for 11 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2023).