24 October 2013
Dear Peabody Community,
As you know, Dr. Mellasenah Morris has announced her plan to retire at the end of this academic year from the Peabody Institute, where she was first a student and then a graduate and ultimately a well-loved leader.
Dr. Morris spent 25 years leading music schools around the country as a dean and director. She rose to the position of dean at the Peabody Conservatory, which under her leadership continued to build upon its national and international reputation, attracting students from across the globe for its degree and diploma programs. Highlights of her career at Peabody include:
- Collaborating with the faculty to achieve a full curricular review and revision of all undergraduate degree programs and create music minors in theory, musicology, and business
- Broadening the scope of applicant pools by establishing a new search procedure for hiring part-time and limited-time performance faculty
- Collaborating with development staff to gain donor contributions in support of Conservatory initiatives, such as scholarship funding; such work included the establishment of the Noble Jolley fund and financial support for Peabody students in the Singapore/Hopkins YSTCM Joint Degree Program
- Successfully completing searches for numerous administrative, faculty, and staff positions, including international opera and solo artist Denyce Graves; associate deans for academic and student affairs; the director of Recording Arts and Sciences; and the first Peabody position of Director of Entrepreneurship and Career Counseling
- Successfully elevating the profile of Peabody’s English as a Second Language program through the approval of a full-time faculty member and emphasizing academic excellence.
- Coordinating discussions that led to Joint Degree Program between Peabody/Hopkins and Yong Siew Tow/University of Singapore
Robert C. Lieberman
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Director of the Peabody Institute