School of Music Dean Search

About the Position

Stetson University seeks a bold, visionary leader capable of advancing the quality and national reputation of our School of Music, as well as elevating academic excellence across the university. Joining a thriving community of musicians in the midst of growth and dynamic change, the new dean, as a passionate advocate for the school, has unprecedented opportunity to raise its national and international profile as an innovator of transformational learning, performance, and scholarship. 

Stetson University is searching for a dean who not only leads the School of Music, but who also plays a visionary role in the provost’s leadership team. Working with the Provost, the academic deans, and other University leaders, the School of Music dean will participate directly in defining and promoting the University mission, values, and areas of distinction. The role of the dean as University leader is especially critical in a competitive higher education environment in which the university is challenged to define its value to students; to find a unique place in the market; to attract and retain students; and to recruit, support, and develop a high-quality faculty. The successful dean will help define general education at Stetson; elevate academic outcomes; promote interdisciplinary programs; encourage international, community, and internship learning opportunities; model diversity and inclusive excellence practices; and seek innovative solutions to complex issues. 

The dean of the School of Music reports to Stetson University's Executive Vice President and Provost and is a member of the provost’s senior leadership team. Direct support for the dean includes an associate dean, a major gifts officer dedicated to the School of Music, a full-time music school admissions recruiter, the director of the Community School of Music, an executive assistant, who serves as an office manager, and two professional office staff. Additionally, the dean works with key staff in Stetson University's development, facilities, student success, finance and risk management, human resources, information technology, and marketing and communications areas to advance the School of Music.

Preferred Qualities and Characteristics

The next dean of the School of Music will demonstrate significant successful leadership experience, a commitment to the University’s mission and values, familiarity with opportunities and challenges of music education at the collegiate level and beyond, and the ability to cultivate productive relationships in support of the school’s strategic priorities. A terminal degree in music or extensive professional performance career and leadership in the field that warrants appointment at the rank of Professor of Music with tenure is required.

Candidates will demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • A collaborative and inclusive leadership style
  • Strong budgetary and financial skills
  • Ability to articulate the case for the School of Music to a broad range of audiences
  • Enthusiasm and talent for fundraising
  • Vision to guide a unique performance and academic experience for Stetson students in the school

Candidates will embody the following personal characteristics:

  • A student-centered approach to education
  • Well-developed communication and listening skills
  • Ability to inspire and bring people together around mutually agreed upon goals
  • Ability to make decisions based on thoughtful consideration of input

Candidates will embrace the following core values of the school and university:

  • Excellence in teaching; participation in scholarship and creative activity; service to the school, university, and community
  • A deeply intertwined and caring community environment
  • A commitment to being a role model for both majority and minority students, staff, and faculty
  • Value for all people, regardless of difference

Leadership Profile

About Stetson University

Search Committee

Jesus Alfonzo
Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Music (viola)

Noel Painter
Co-chair, Executive Vice President and Provost, Professor of Music (music theory)

Bill Booth
Chair, Board of Advisors (School of Music)

Jessica Day
Associate Director for Residential Education and Community Programs

Vernita Glenn-White
Assistant Professor of Education

Gerry Kruhm
Chair-Elect, Board of Advisors (School of Music)

Andrew Larson (ex-officio)
Associate Dean, Professor of Music (choral)

Boyd Jones
Professor of Music (organ); John E. And Aliese Price Professor of Organ

Karen Coker-Merritt
Assistant Professor of Music (voice)

Lynn Musco
Professor of Music (clarinet)

Douglas Phillips
Associate Professor of Music (band); Director of Bands

Susan Ryan
Betty Drees Johnson Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Learning Technologies

Maria Toledo
Student (third year), Music Education Major