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Long-time Convocation Center director to retire

Tim Dean (Source: Arkansas State University) Tim Dean (Source: Arkansas State University)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A man in charge of bringing major musical talents and other attractions to Jonesboro is retiring.

According to a news release, Tim Dean, director of the Arkansas State University Convocation Center, will retire on March 31 marking 30 years at the position.

Dean started his career as the concert coordinator for the Student Union Board while he was a student at A-State.

He was hired as the assistant director of the Convo in February 1987 before being promoted to director in September 1998.

The director brought the talents of Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Taylor Swift, Reba, and many more artists to the Convo. He also booked national touring shows like the Harlem Globetrotters, Monster Jam, and Sesame Street LIVE while hosting A-State Commencements and sporting events.

Dean released the following statement about his retirement:

"I got into this business because of my love for music.  I never dreamed I would spend 30 years getting to do what I loved as a career.”  Dean says.  “I began this work as a student at ASU and 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."

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