CU-Boulder announces new College of Music dean

April 2, 2014 •

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the appointment of a new dean for the College of Music.

The new dean will be Robert Shay, director of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His appointment will begin Sept. 1.

“I’m excited to have Robert Shay join us at this critical juncture for the College of Music,” Moore said. “His energy, enthusiasm and innovative spirit are great fits for our campus, and I'm confident in his ability to lead the college to new creative achievements in scholarship and performance.” 

Shay has been director of the University of Missouri School of Music since 2008. He previously held positions as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the conservatory at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. (2000-08), and visiting associate professor of music at Duke University (1999-2000). He held various positions at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., from 1991 to 2000 including associate professor of music and chair of the Fine Arts Division.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Wheaton College in Illinois, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I have long considered the CU-Boulder College of Music one of the leading programs in the field and its faculty among the best in the country,” Shay said. “I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the college’s next dean. At every stage of the search process, I was thoughtfully and warmly engaged by faculty, staff, students, administrators and supporters, and I look forward to joining such an amazing, committed team.”

More than 50 applications were received for the position, said John Stevenson, dean of the Graduate School and chair of the search committee.

James Austin, professor of music education, has been serving as interim dean of the CU-Boulder College of Music since Dan Sher returned to teaching last year. Sher had served as dean for 20 years.

Malinda Miller-Huey,
CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3115