Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Un. of Cincinnati Conservatory faculty in revolt against dean

According to this report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the faculty of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music has given its dean Douglas Knehans a unanimous thumbs down.

Here's quick summary from Musical America (to which you need a subscription):
The faculty of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music has written a letter to Provost Tony Perzigian, UC’s top academic officer, declaring its complete lack of confidence in Douglas Knehans, the school’s dean since fall 2008.

Previously Knehans was director of the Conservatorium of Music in Tasmania, Australia.

His lack of administrative and communication skills have led to an irreparable rift. The letter makes clear its point of view in the opening paragraph:

“It is with a united and firm conviction the Faculty Committee of CCM presents to you the conclusion that relations between Dean Douglas Knehans and the CCM faculty have reached an irreparable end. No Dean can function without the trust of his faculty and Dean Knehans has neither.”

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