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Michael Buckles is Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Previous positions include both Dillard and Xavier Universities. As a violinist, he is active as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician with the Aloha Piano Quartet (alohapianoquartet.com). As an educator, his students have graduated with high distinction and have gone on to be successful teachers and performers. Since 2011, Dr. Buckles has directed McNeese State University’s National String Project Consortium site (stringprojects.org) with generous funding from the D’Addario foundation.