After a 30-year run, Tim Dean, long-time director of the Arkansas State University Convocation Center, retired on March 31. Dean began his career as the concert coordinator for the Student Union Board while a student at the university before being hired as assistant director at the Convocation Center in February 1987. In September of 1998, Dean was named director of the facility.
“I got into this business because of my love for music,” Dean said. “I never dreamed I would spend 30 years getting to do what I loved as a career. I began this work as a student at ASU and the timing was perfect for me to move to the Convocation Center after I graduated. Over the years, I’ve had some really great people here to work with, not only my staff, but at the University. I’ve also made many life-long industry friendships in this business with who I hope to continue. I am now ready for the next adventure in my life. Cindy and I plan to travel and spend time with our children and grandchildren and give back some of the time they’ve given me to pursue my career. We’ll then take a look at what the future may hold.”
Through his career, Dean has booked such notable talent as Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Reba, Kelly Clarkson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and 100’s of other acts. Additionally, he has booked national touring shows including the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros. Circus, Professional Bull Riding, Monster Jam, Sesame Street LIVE and many others, while hosting ASU’s annual Commencement exercises and ASU intercollegiate sporting events.