For release: June 3, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
Dr. Richard Ranta, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University
of Memphis, has been elected treasurer of the Southern Arts Federation, a regional
Dr. Richard Ranta
Among its missions, the nonprofit organization assists in the professional development
of artists, arts organizations, and arts professionals; presents, promotes, and produces
Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education.
The SAF works in partnership with the nine arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The group is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, corporations,
and member states.
Ranta has been dean of the college since it was formed in 1977.