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Duncan among governor’s appointees to state arts council

January 02, 2018

Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications and Public Relations, Tuskegee University
Barbara Reed, Alabama State Council on the Arts


Warren Duncan

Warren Duncan of Tuskegee University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is among the three newest appointments by Gov. Kay Ivey to the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He will begin his six-year term on the council’s board on Jan. 1, 2018.

“These three newly appointed council members bring outstanding backgrounds of service to the arts, and their level of expertise and leadership will contribute significantly to the mission of the council,” Executive Director Al Head said of the newly appointed council members. “[They] represent awareness of the arts from diverse geographic regions of the state and a track record of support for enhancing the quality of life in Alabama.”

Duncan, a member of the university’s faculty since 1972, serves as head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He served as director of the bands from 1976 to 2015, during which time the Tuskegee University Marching Band won several awards and recognition for its excellence in performance, timing and presentation. He is a member of several fraternal and music-oriented organizations, including Kappa Kappa Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Florida A&M University and Auburn University, respectively.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama, led by a body of 15 members appointed by the governor to represent diverse areas of the state and backgrounds, ranging from arts educators to professional artists and community arts volunteers. Council members work with the organization’s staff to help promote arts statewide, as well as review and award funding grants to support art programs and arts education throughout Alabama. The council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama State Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the Alabama State Council on the Arts, visit

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