Vanderbilt University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Blair School of Music (Blair). The university seeks a new leader with both artistic talent and academic distinction, proven administrative skills, and a strong record of community- and team-building who will capitalize on the School’s strengths and opportunities for growth, and will develop a collective vision for Blair’s future.
The Blair School of Music is one of the premier undergraduate schools of music in the country. Its students have access to both the highly-personalized training that is Blair’s hallmark and the world-class faculty, courses, and resources of one of the nation’s top research universities. The School’s 145 faculty work across 11 departments, providing the highest caliber training to 220 undergraduate majors and numerous non-majors from across the university who choose to take classes at Blair every year. In addition, 700 pre-college and continuing education students attend Blair Academy, a preeminent music program for children, youth, and adults.
The Dean will join the Blair community at an exciting moment in the School’s history, and will work closely with faculty in articulating priorities, opportunities, and ambitions, including strengthening the School’s connections across the university and its reputation among its peer schools; fostering an inclusive, supportive community that is equitable and diverse; and streamlining internal systems and updating administrative processes. In addition, the Dean will be a senior leader at the university, and will join a collegial and collaborative group of decanal colleagues who oversee the nine other schools on campus. The successfu¬l candidate will have excellent academic and musical credentials, demonstrated success in managing complex organizations, a history of welcoming the people and music of diverse cultures, and a strong track record of fiscal prudence.
Vanderbilt has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:
Vanderbilt University has a strong institutional commitment to recruiting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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