ASN News


Arts Schools Network Announces Interim Managing Director 

(HOUSTON, TX, September 3, 2021)  

Arts Schools Network members and supporters,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits as we begin another academic year. Year after year, I am continually inspired by the wisdom that is shared among this network of passionate arts educators and leaders. The global pandemic has forced all of us to look at our institutions, roles, and procedures differently. Arts Schools Network is here for you as we tackle these challenges TOGETHER!

 I cannot say enough good things about our Managing Director, Melissa Brookes. She has been a tireless advocate for our members and has managed our small but mighty organization through numerous successes and challenges. Melissa has recently accepted a position with another company, an opportunity which will allow her talents and interests to continue to bloom and impact so many, just as she has with ASN. Her last day with us will be on September 15th. However, please know that we will be officially recognizing Melissa for her service on the Thursday of our annual conference in Chicago. I know you will join me in thanking Melissa for her kindness, her incredible work ethic, and her commitment to our cause.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. R. Scott Allen was unanimously selected by the ASN Executive Committee to serve as our Interim Managing Director. Dr. Allen is a longtime member of ASN, having recently retired as principal of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Dr. Allen has already been hard at work transitioning into the role. As he assists the board with implementing our mission, vision and strategic plan, the Executive Board will conduct a national search for a permanent Managing or Executive Director following this year’s conference.


The staff and the board are busy preparing for an exciting October conference in Chicago. Until then, I wish all of you the best as we begin this new academic year. Take care!



Scott M. Rudes, Ph.D.

President Arts Schools Network

About Arts Schools Network

Arts Schools Network, a non-profit association founded in 1981, is dedicated to providing leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities. For more information visit