Archive for Friday, February 5, 2010

KU unveils first candidate for new Dean of Music position

February 5, 2010


Kansas University has announced its first of three finalists for the dean of the new School of Music.

Wade Weast is currently the director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida.

He is scheduled to meet with the university community in a public forum at 3 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11 at Swarthout Recital Hall. The names of the other candidates will be released shortly before their announced campus visits.


nobody1793 8 years, 4 months ago

Dang. I was hoping for Bootsy Collins.

leedavid 8 years, 4 months ago

The Dean of Music? Seriously.....?

How hard can that job be?

Thinking_Out_Loud 8 years, 4 months ago

This person will be dean of a school, leedavid. You know, doing dean things: managing a budget, recruiting students and faculty, fund-raising....

What arrogant presumption makes you believe there is substantial difference between being Dean of Music and Dean of, say, Architecture, or Education, or LA&S, or Law, or any other academic unit?

thebigspoon 8 years, 4 months ago

Leedavid, just exactly what do you do that makes you think that the dean of the music department at a majorly good fine arts institution has a pud job? It's clear that your occupation is quite a bit more important than the education of young people, so have the guts to air, in the open, what is so important that you can denigrate others' jobs.

leedavid 8 years, 4 months ago

Common folks it's music for crying out loud. We have a superior program right now without a dean. The dean does manage a department and a budget, does that require a doctor's degree? People are running the little league with a high school degree. The dean does not raise funds through fund raising. What they sell Christmas paper door to door every year? The respective bands raise money.

I never once said my career was more distinguished than a dean of music. What pray tell do young students do with a degree in music, political science, museum science, or english do? Why they either teach others and I am taking music lessons now or they go to a job fair looking for a job with their degree in hand and an employer tells them we don't have any openings for a history of music person right now.

If you clicked on my profile you would see I am a retired SMSgt in the Air Force. I have four degrees, two advanced and love not working any longer. What is your career spoon?

zettapixel 8 years, 4 months ago

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Jonathan Becker 8 years, 4 months ago

Here is the job description.

The simple translation of this job description is this: herding cats.

Fourteen programs fall under the School of Music. Selling candy bars won't even come close to raising the funds to make these programs run.

leedavid 8 years, 4 months ago

Zettapixel....a photographer....actually I am quite humble. Everyone that knows me will tell you that. I would love the chance to show you just how humble I can be.

There are serious questions about our education and the quality of it's products. We have 46 million Americans that need health care in this country and a useless system full of drivel that takes years for someone to graduate into the medical profession. There is a backlog to get people into the profession because there are not enough teachers. The teaching career field does not pay what a medical profession should get. This is real world. Not a front page article about the search for a Phd. to run the music program. I thought we were allowed to have opinions on a message board.

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