Marvin Lamb Resigns As Dean of School of Music

April 7, 1998

Dr. Marvin Lamb, dean of the School of Music at Baylor University, has announced his resignation from the university effective June 30. He will assume the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma.

"The College of Fine Arts at O.U. houses the departments of music, dance, art and art history and theater, and I will be the principal academic officer for all those fine arts," said Lamb. "However, I am very appreciative of my time here at Baylor and the opportunity I had to work with the fine faculty in the School of Music."

Lamb has served as dean and professor of music at Baylor since 1989. Prior to that time, he served as chair of the department of music and art at Tennessee Technological University. He also has held teaching positions at Southern Methodist University, Vanderbilt University and Atlantic Christian College.

A Texas native, Lamb received his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University and his master's from the University of North Texas. He holds a doctorate in music composition and performance from the University of Illinois.

Lamb has received teaching grants and composition awards from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Meet the Composer Inc., Texas Composers Forum and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His compositions have been performed by the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band and many university ensembles.

Dr. Donald Schmeltekopf, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said he will meet with music school faculty to discuss the future direction of the school and to determine the qualifications for a new dean. A search committee will be appointed in two to three weeks.

"The question is whether we will be able to find someone who will be able to come in here in time for the fall semester. If we can't, then we will appoint an interim dean," Schmeltekopf said.

"We are very sorry to see Dean Lamb leave Baylor, because over the past nine years he has done an outstanding job of leading the School of Music to even greater distinction," said Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. "We wish him well in this new professional challenge at the University of Oklahoma.

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