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Director of the Moores School of Music

University of Houston
77004, Houston

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The University of Houston (UH) seeks an innovative, strategic, and highly collaborative Director of the Moores School of Music, with broad perspectives on music, higher education, the role of the arts in society, and the future of all the arts disciplines. Reporting to the Dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, the director will set the strategic vision for the Moores School and will lead the school to ensure it offers a high-quality and relevant curriculum taught with innovative and student-centered approaches; an internationally recognized faculty; active collaboration among its visual and performing arts partners in the McGovern College; and active collaboration across the University in the service of university-wide goals, including growth of the research enterprise, student success, community engagement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in a relevant area from an accredited institution; a demonstrated track record in scholarship and creative activity that qualifies for appointment with the rank of professor with tenure at the University of Houston; experience in academic administration, including as a department chair or associate dean; proven success in fundraising for higher education, faculty support, and capital improvements; experience with budgeting and resource allocation; proven commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and values of a public, urban, community-serving, R1 university; a willingness to play an active role in the life of the school, college, and city; experience with student success initiatives; a commitment to facilitating teaching of exceptional quality; the ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide range of constituencies; experience with shared governance; excellent leadership and communication skills; strategic vision; and an ability to balance compassion and morale building with accountability.

The Moores School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools. Its mission is to provide an outstanding comprehensive music education. The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts includes the Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance, the M.A. in Arts Leadership Program, the Blaffer Art Museum, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The faculty are award-winning and internationally distinguished, providing top-quality instruction to the talented, emerging student artists, teachers, and scholars in more than thirty programs of study.

The University of Houston is the leading public research university in Houston and the third largest university in Texas. In 2021, UH enrolled more than 47,000 students in 276 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. UH awards more than 11,000 degrees annually and has more than 360,000 alumni. The City of Houston, Texas is the fourth-largest city and one of America’s great arts destination cities for the twenty-first century.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC is assisting the University of Houston in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. For a full application package, please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Betty Turner Asher, Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates
E-mail: [email protected]

Cindy Mejia, Senior Executive Search Consultant
Email: [email protected]

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.

The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from the University of Houston documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

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