Joseph Firman will have the task of managing the new Center for the Arts when it opens this fall. Firman assumed his duties at PSU in February.

Joseph Firman

Joseph Firman

“Mr. Firman brings  a great deal of experience in the management of a facility of this type. Under his leadership, we are confident the Center for the Arts will have a major impact on the region,” said Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services.

Prior to coming to PSU, Firman was the special projects coordinator at Dakota State University. Previously, he served as director of operations for the Sioux Falls, S.D., Convention Center and before that, as the facility manager for the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University.

While serving in the Air Force, Firman worked as a military broadcaster producing radio and television programing in Germany, Bosnia and Iceland.

Firman earned a bachelor of science degree in fine arts administration from Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., in 1997. He earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2002.

As director of the Center for the Arts, Firman will be responsible for the overall management of the facility, including supervision of staff, program development, scheduling, marketing the facility and its programs and constituent relations.