"We want to turn out great artists, musicians and actors," he said. "But we also want to connect students to corporate America, to reach students who are creative, but who don’t want to be artists or teachers."
He then told of former students who used art and music to make exciting break-throughs in fields not traditionally thought to be artistic.
One created special three-dimensional computer imaging programs which may well provide the answers to controlling and curing cancer.
Another started as a fiber and graphic artist but ended up designing software to teach those skills.
"I want to help students see what they could do." he said. One of the tools he wants to give the students is a special CD of their work, goals and training, all their credentials, so they can use it to find jobs.
His goal is placing 100 percent of Fine Arts graduates in satisfying jobs.
He also wants to set up a website featuring students and their work so potential employers can see what’s happening at CU.
He closed his remarks by saying he thinks Cumberland has what it takes to become a force for change in the country.
"We need an administration that dares to support new ideas, teachers who can inspire, student who aspire and a community that supports them," he said. "If that happens, we can change the community, the state and the world."
Rose earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from David Lipscomb University, his Master’s in Education from Edinboro State University and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee.
As an artist, Rose has participated in six international exhibitions and has received more than 50 awards for his work.
His paintings are displayed in over 300 private collections and more than 100 corporate collections, including the collections of several Fortune 500 companies.
Rose has several publications to his credit, including the top-selling secondary education drawing textbook (now in its third edition) in the United States. The textbook is called "Discovering Drawing."
He is former director of David Lipscomb University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Rose has also worked extensively with a number of fine arts organizations both as an instructor and as a board member.
These organizations include The Tennessee Arts Academy, The Governor’s School for the Arts and state fine arts programs in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.