Juilliard names new director

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Juilliard names new director

Post by jbuck919 » Thu May 11, 2017 6:04 pm

I don't know about specialized schools, but in the general world of higher education, many if not most "experienced" administrators are less interested in education than in empire building and firming up a corporate model. I know it is fallacious (I can't think of the name of the specific fallacy), but perhaps there is something to be said for a director with no administrative experience

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Re: Juilliard names new director

Post by John F » Fri May 12, 2017 2:05 am

Thanks for posting this.

Woetzel does have extensive and varied administrative experience. What he lacks is experience in academic administration. The same was true of William Schuman, president of Juilliard from 1945 to 1961 when he left to become president of the yet-to-be-opened Lincoln Center.

What strikes me is that Woetzel is the first Juilliard president who hasn't been a composer and/or performing musician. First and foremost Juilliard has been a music school, that's its main claim to fame, and while it does have a dance program, this is the latest and least of the disciplines it teaches. What Woetzel's appointment signifies for all this remains to be seen.
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