ITHACA, NY — School of Music dean Greg Woodward has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ithaca College, beginning June 1, 2010. Kathleen Rountree, who has served as provost since 2007, announced earlier this month that she would be stepping down from that role to serve as a faculty member in the School of Music. The search for her permanent successor will begin this fall.
Woodward has extensive experience as both a teacher and academic administrator. He served as director of music admissions and assistant to the dean of the School of Music from 1981 to 1983, upon which time he joined the faculty. In addition to teaching in the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition, for nearly two decades he chaired or cochaired the school’s graduate programs and directed the summer program.
In 2003 Woodward was named dean of the Ithaca College Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, where he led a remarkable period of growth that included the establishment of the college’s first doctoral program, in physical therapy, as well as an expansion of the master’s degree programs in business administration, education, exercise science and sport management. In 2008 he returned to the School of Music as dean, leading the faculty and staff in the redesign and renewal of the school’s mission and vision statement, overseeing the development of new curricula in several fields of study, and implementing a new merit aid program that brings the most talented music students to Ithaca.
“Dean Woodward is an energetic and visionary leader whose commitment to academic excellence has carried our widely respected School of Music to even greater prominence,” said Ithaca College President Tom Rochon. “I am confident that he will be effective in leading our academic programs in the year ahead, including the IC² initiative and the broader initiative to define and implement a program for excellence through reflection on our guiding principles.”
Woodward earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, master’s degree from Ithaca College and doctorate from Cornell University. He is an active composer who has written both concert and popular music for several soloists, institutions, theatres and professional ensembles. His professional affiliations include the American Conference of Academic Deans and American Association of Colleges and Universities.