Executive Vice President and Provost Leadership Profile
October 2017 This leadership profile is intended to provide information about Manhattan School of Music and the position of Executive Vice President and Provost. It is designed to assist qualified individuals in assessing their interest in this position.
The Opportunity Manhattan School of Music (MSM), internationally renowned for the excellence and breadth of its conservatory programs, seeks an accomplished, incisive academic and student affairs leader to become its next Executive Vice President and Provost. Working directly and closely with President James Gandre (see Appendix 1, page 13) and alongside faculty and other senior leaders, the Provost will be a proactive and collaborative leader in moving MSM forward as a center of excellence in classical music, jazz, and musical theatre. The Provost is the chief academic and student affairs officer and serves as the President’s second in command, overseeing all academic programs and services, faculty hiring and development, all student affairs and enrollment operations, and leading the School in the President’s absence. The Provost maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and creative endeavor, while encouraging innovation and leadership in arts practice. The Provost plays a vital role in the School’s budget process and allocation of resources, working closely with the Vice President for Business and Finance (CFO) and the President. MSM seeks an individual with demonstrated leadership ability and a deep commitment to the traditions of the past as well as innovative arts education. The new Provost will be a partner and collaborator with the President and share her/ his dedication to students and their success; to excellence in education and performance; to the humanity of the School’s environment; to inclusion and diversity; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. The position of Executive Vice President and Provost is an ideal opportunity for a visionary executive with a proven track record of collaboration and creative problem-solving to become a key driver in the realization of MSM’s ambitious goals. The successful candidate will be a superb communicator with all constituents: students, faculty, staff, and trustees. Strong leadership and strategic planning skills must be complemented by a sense of partnership and a commitment to transparency. The Provost will have proven expertise in planning, managing, and stewarding resources; exceptional analytical skills; a supportive and proactive management style that promotes best practices; and the interpersonal skills to create and maintain effective relationships. Most importantly, the next Provost will have the ability to embrace and communicate Manhattan School of Music’s mission, and the commitment to advance the School’s goals. We look forward to welcoming the new Provost into our community during the summer of 2018. For information regarding submitting a nomination or expressing interest in this position, please see the section entitled, “Procedure for Candidacy” on page 12.
Manhattan School of Music: An Overview
Leonard Slatkin leads the MSM Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Manhattan School of Music is a remarkable institution with a history of extraordinary success. From its beginnings as a small settlement music school, MSM has become an internationally recognized conservatory and leading force in professional music education. The largest private conservatory in the nation offering training in classical music, jazz, and musical theatre, MSM has upheld its tradition of excellence in music education throughout its history. The School, which will celebrate its centennial during the 2018/19 academic year, was founded by pianist, social worker, and philanthropist Janet D. Schenck. Originally called the Neighborhood Music School, it was located on East 105th Street and tasked with bringing high-quality musical training to the immigrant communities of the sur