Last May Colin Murdoch, President of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced that he would retire at the end of the current academic year, having served in that position since 1992 and having been with SFCM since 1988. Timothy Foo, Chair of the Board of Trustees, then appointed a search committee to assist and advise the Board on identifying candidates and selecting Murdoch’s successor. Today Foo announced that David H. Stull has been appointed to serve as the next SFCM President.
Stull is currently Dean of the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College where, with his professional experience as a tuba player, he is also Professor of Brass Studies. In his “management” capacity at Oberlin, he helped secure over $40 million in donations, including $21 million for the new Kohl Building (led to completion under his leadership) and $14 million for dedicated professorships, program support, scholarships, gifts-in-kind, and pilot grants. He also secured collections and instrument donations that exceed $8 million in value. In addition, under Stull’s administration, the Oberlin Conservatory was awarded the National Medal of Arts, which he accepted from President Barack Obama in February of 2010.
Stull issued the following statement upon learning of his appointment:
I am privileged and honored to be joining the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Their commitment to building an array of highly inventive programs that will catalyze a powerful core mission and a great faculty has inspired me to accept this position. Our collective ambition is to build the most innovative professional music school in the world, one that provides a transformative education of peerless excellence and launches highly successful artists and individuals who are educated for life. The culture of creating the future is palpable in San Francisco, and this energy conjoined with the potential of the Conservatory of Music is tremendously exciting.