University of Minnesota — Director, School of Music

College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota


The University of Minnesota, the public land-grant research university of the State of Minnesota, seeks an inspiring, strategic, and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of the School of Music (SOM). Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the Director will bring a deep understanding of artistic excellence and academic distinction, building on the School’s many existing strengths while capitalizing on future opportunities for growth.

Founded in 1902, the School of Music has prepared generations of talented students for success as performers, composers, educators, therapists, and scholars. The School’s current undergraduate and graduate enrollment sits at 384 and it serves over 2,000 students throughout the University. SOM students have access to both specialized education in their particular field and the excellent faculty, courses, and resources of one of the nation’s top research universities. Outside of campus, SOM offers outstanding possibilities and connections to a world-class music community in the heart of the Twin Cities, one of the most artistically vibrant urban centers in America.

The Director will join SOM at an important time as the School comes to the end of its current strategic plan and begin to design and enact a new plan, with opportunities to increase enrollment, expand curricular offerings, continue to develop a school culture that rewards new ideas and promotes collaboration, support student career preparedness, and promote active participation and engagement As the School heads toward its 125th anniversary in 2027, the successful candidate will join a community of faculty, staff, and students who are eager to partner with the new Director to articulate a vision of excellence for SOM that both respects tradition and inspires the school to achieve new heights and pursue new directions, preparing students for successful creative lives in a changing artistic and cultural environment.

The ideal candidate will bring passion, enthusiasm, and an ability to work with faculty, staff, and students to articulate SOM’s goals. The Director must possess an ability to lead, implement, and influence change, have experience with fundraising, as well as a skillset in building and maintaining strong relationships within and outside the School of Music community. The Director will be looked upon to aid in increasing enrollment, particularly of the undergraduate student population within SOM, and display a clear commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Outstanding artistic or scholarly credentials are expected.

The University of Minnesota has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and a current resume or curriculum vitae to be considered for the position. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Ben Tobin, Partner
David Grimes, Senior Associate
Stephen Kalogeras, Associate

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, familial status, disability, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local commission created for the purpose of dealing with discrimination, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.