Dean, Shepherd School of Music

Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 21, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Rice University

Dean, Shepherd School of Music

Houston, TX

Rice University seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and direction-setting leader to serve as the next Dean of the Shepherd School of Music (Shepherd). The successful candidate will bring a deep understanding of artistic excellence and academic distinction, proven administrative skills, and a strong record of community engagement and philanthropic success, and will build on the School’s many existing strengths while capitalizing on future opportunities for growth. 

Recognized as one of the nation’s top music programs, Shepherd enrolls approximately 300 individuals including 100 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Shepherd students have access to both highly-personalized training and the world-class faculty, courses, and resources of one of the nation’s top research universities. Shepherd is organized into 11 academic Departments and includes 10 Ensembles, providing a conservatory experience for its students. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the chief educational and executive officer of the Shepherd School and a member of the University’s Deans’ Council, a leadership team that works collectively to shape the future direction of Rice and define its culture for the foreseeable future.

Rice University is a private, first-tier research university dedicated to rigorous undergraduate and graduate education, research, and professional training in selected disciplines. Over 880 faculty are devoted to the instruction and training of approximately 4,000 FTE undergraduate students and 3,320 FTE graduate and professional students. In the 2021 edition of U.S. News and World Report's rankings of national universities, the University is 16th overall and 8th for undergraduate education. The University is centrally located in Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest and most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the United States. Houston is one of only six American cities with resident professional companies in symphony, opera, ballet, and theater, and it is home to more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any city except New York.

Shepherd seeks a Dean who will provide the imagination and inspiring leadership required to continue fostering the musical, intellectual, and creative development of its young artists, faculty, and staff, while enhancing the School’s capacity to prepare its graduates for successful futures. It is expected that the Dean will work closely with faculty, staff, and university administrators to articulate priorities, opportunities, and ambitions; provide forward-looking programmatic direction; and implement creative, collaborative and innovative strategies to further strengthen the reputation and reach of the Shepherd School of Music and Rice University. The Dean will have the latitude and support to enhance teaching and research, collaborate with other units on campus, and further develop a diverse, cohesive, and high-performing community. In addition, the successful candidate will have excellent academic and musical credentials, demonstrated success in managing complex organizations, a dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a strong track record of fundraising.

Rice University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important recruitment. Confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to:

Ben Tobin, Katie Rockman, and Ryan Leichenauer

Isaacson, Miller

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.