Sam Holland, professor and director in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Division of Music, has been named the School’s interim dean effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Meadows Dean José Antonio Bowen was named president of Goucher College in early March.
Holland has been an SMU faculty member since 1991 and has served as director of the Division of Music – the largest division in Meadows – since 2010.
“He is not only an accomplished University administrator, but a visionary leader who has done an outstanding job in moving the Division of Music forward over the past three years,” Bowen wrote in a note to the SMU community published at the Meadows School website Monday, March 24, 2014. “He has built strong community relationships with local organizations like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera, and has established a national reputation in keyboard pedagogy, community outreach and in the ways that music schools are rethinking preparation for jobs and citizenship…. His reputation as an innovator and creative thinker is well deserved.
“The leadership of the University and I are confident he will be an excellent steward of Meadows programs and goals and will continue the momentum of the school while the search process for a new dean is under way.”