Northwestern appoints interim director Northwestern appoints interim director The Associated Press July 01, 2013 Comments NATCHITOCHES — Greg Handel has been named acting director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University. His appointment is effective July 1 and requires approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. Handel replaces Bill Brent, who will become director of operations and special projects for the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Handel has been at Northwestern State for five years as an assistant professor of music education and will be an associate professor of music education this fall. He was named associate director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts in January. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate from Arizona State University.