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Dr. Jay Fiene

1st Vice President, SBSO Board of Directors

1. What year did you first join the Board? 


2. Where did you go to school? 

Lincoln and Hillcrest Elementary Schools

O’Neill Jr. High

South High

Valparaiso University and Pittsburg State University BME

Pittsburg State University MM

Missouri State University Ed.S

University of Missouri-Columbia Ph.D.

3. Fun fact about yourself 

I collect Pelicans especially brown – they remind me of my students – awkward at first (on the ground) amazing (fishers and flyers)

4. Hobbies






Dr. Jay Fiene of Riverside is the Principal Investigator for the Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) – Re-Entry Initiative and the former Dean of the College of Education at Cal State San Bernardino. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as a department chair at CSUSB and WKU.  Dr. Fiene was the founding director of the doctoral programs at Western Kentucky University.

He has served as a music teacher (both vocal and instrumental) as well as a mathematics teacher and a high school principal. As a student teacher the marching band he directed went to the 1982 World’s Fair to perform. He was the youngest secondary school principal in the U.S. at the time of his appointment.


Dr. Fiene frequently publishes and presents on matters related to school leadership and preparation/induction of school leaders. Dr. Fiene enjoys most working with beginning professors and student scholars as they design their research agendas and work. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and had the pleasure of serving as President of the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. He has received several grants and served as an evaluator for other’s grants. Dr. Fiene has been active in international travel and learning since 1974.

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO. Dr. Fiene also has degrees from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, and Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS.


In addition to his career and work on the Symphony Board, Dr. Fiene serves the community in a number of other ways, including:

  • Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation - Board of Directors – policy development and major decision-making, review organization performance, budget review, and approval. 2018-2021.

  • Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate – Executive Board Member – governance, policy, and membership approval for new programs. 2016-2020.

  • Community Vital Signs Steering Committee – 2017- present.

  • CVS – Education Sub Committee – 2017- 2019. Safety Committee 2019-present.

  • Eden Lutheran Church Council 2016-present, President 2017-present, Assisting Minister 2016-present, Choir member 2015-present, Praise Team member 2015-present, Congregational Vitality Chair 2018-present.

  • Schools First Credit Union Inland Empire Advisory Board 2011-present, President 2012-2016.


He also represented the Symphony at the Annenburg Alchemy Plus program 2019-2020.

Dr. Fiene plays the trumpet and French horn in orchestra, symphonic wind ensembles, marching band as well as solo work at churches. He plays Soprano and Mellophone in various drum and bugle corps. And he also plays piano.


One interesting thing most people don’t know about Dr. Fiene? “As far as I know I am the first and perhaps the only open transgendered dean of a college of education. I was the youngest female principal of a public high school in the country at the time of my appointment.”


What inspired Dr. Fiene to serve on the Symphony Board? He tells us, “Sharing the gift of music with young people and continuing the culture of the community through music.”