Saturday, June 01, 2002

CCM dean decides to stay at UC

Lowry notes Cincinnati arts rebirth in reasons

By Janelle Gelfand,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The suspense is over at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

        Dean Douglas Lowry is staying.

        In what may be the most dramatic event at UC since basketball coach Bob Huggins was nearly lured away by his alma mater West Virginia, Mr. Lowry, dean of CCM, was courted by his alma mater and former employer, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

        Mr. Lowry was one of two or three finalists in the two-year search to find a dean for the West Coast music school, where he was associate dean until coming to Cincinnati in August 2000.

        He withdrew as a candidate Friday afternoon after discussions with UC officials crescendoed to serious talk on Thursday.

        “It really came down to my taking a candid stock of the assets and liabilities that are inherent in each situation,” he said Friday, noting that USC's history includes students and faculty such as violinist Jascha Heifetz, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and prominent film composers.

        Yet CCM's history, achievement and established international greatness, he said, “along with the energy and vibrancy of the Cincinnati arts renaissance, all speak volumes for the culture not only at CCM but also for the city.”

        He said he did not discuss personal financial incentives, but addressed “issues that I felt were important for the future of the school.”

        Without being specific, he said “There were some important accommodations made that were meaningful to me.”


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