JULY 29, 2015

Tom NevillJAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College has hired Dr. Tom Nevill as Division Chair of Business, Creative and Performing Arts. The position is responsible for overseeing programs such as Accounting, Advertising & Graphic Design, Business Management, Cosmetology, Entertainment Technology, Global Logistics, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Theater.

Previously, Nevill served as chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he also oversaw the community music school and was artistic director of the performing arts series. In November, he completed a certificate in professional fundraising from Boston University.

A native of Springfield, Ill., Nevill received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University as well as a master’s in percussion performance and a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

He went on to teach percussion at various institutions including the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of South Dakota, Albany State University and the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he was a finalist for the University of Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010 and 2013 and the recipient of Exceptional Faculty Merit three times.

As an active percussionist, Nevill has presented masterclasses and clinics and performed throughout the U.S. and Mexico. During the last year, he was involved with the premiere of several works for marimba quartet and percussion ensemble. He has also performed as a guest or featured performer with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, University of Texas at Brownsville Orchestra and Chaac Percusiones México, which performs percussion music from pre-Hispanic cultures using traditional instruments from that time.

Nevill is also author of “Rediscovering a Forgotten Voice; The Percussion Ensemble Music of Johanna Magdalena Beyer,” published by Lambert Publications and available on

“My background as a percussionist and music administrator provides a unique perspective that blends well into my current role as Division Chair of Business, Creative and Performing Arts,” Nevill said. “Beyond the inherent listening skills that are critical for a musician, I feel an argument can be made that every significant life skill needed to be an effective administrator is acquired through the study, practice and performance of percussion.”

“Dr. Nevill comes to us with significant instructional leadership experience at another public institution and an interesting repertoire of connections to the wide variety of programs in this division,” said Beth Pitonzo, vice president of Instruction. “We look forward to his contribution to our programs and services.”

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


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