Dean, College of Music, Florida State University Todd previously served as Dean of the LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music, a position he held from 2014 – 2021. His unique combination of teaching, directing and performing experience has allowed him to travel the world as an educator, stage director, singer and arts leader.
During his time at LSU, Todd worked with the faculty to modernize the undergraduate curriculum to meet the needs of the 21st century artist. New courses included instruction in technology, marketing, entrepreneurship, and arts leadership. As an avid fundraiser,he led the college in a $60 million fundraising campaign, which included a $4million gift in 2018, the largest gift in the college’s history. Additional significant gifts included two new endowed chairs, the lead gift for a recital hall renovation, and the naming of the John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer Center for Opera.
Prior to Todd’sappointment at LSU, he served as Professor of Voice and Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre,and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, Queen established ten new endowed scholarships for the department and formed the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at CSU, one of a handful of named opera programs in the United States. Queen joined the CSU voice faculty in 2001 as Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Colorado State Opera Theatre.
Todd earned the D.M.A. and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music after completing his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University.