Bennighof Named Vice Provost For Academic Administration

May 2, 2003
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Dr. James Bennighof, professor of music theory in Baylor University's School of Music, has been named vice provost for academic administration, effective Aug. 1.

"Jim Bennighof brings to the provost's office a wealth of extremely valuable local experience," said Dr. David L. Jeffrey, distinguished professor of literature and humanities and provost-elect. "He has taught at Baylor since 1984, been on the graduate faculty since 1987, and has been a full professor since 2001.

"During these years he has served several years as director of the academic studies division of the School of Music, been associate dean for two years and served the wider academic community in such venues as the university self-study committee on mission and governance (1995), faculty senate (1988-1991), the university curriculum committee (1989-1995), the university research committee and academic research council and the task force on diversity and the future of Baylor University (1997-1998). He also has been chair of the university tenure committee (2000-2001).

"In all of these roles, Jim has distinguished himself for conscientious attention to the well-being of intellectual community and professional excellence at Baylor, and so I am delighted for all of us that he is joining our team in the Provost's office."

Bennighof received his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Iowa. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1984.

"It's an honor and privilege to be asked to serve Baylor in this way," Bennighof said. "I look forward to joining Dr. Jeffrey's office at this exciting time in the history of the university."

Bennighof is the author of several articles that have appeared in such publications as "Journal of Music Theory" and "American Music" and has presented papers at national meetings

of the Society for Music Theory and the Society for American Music. He also is a successful composer of choral music, particularly for treble or children's choirs. His works include "The Juggler," "Alphaduet" "Mister Dudley" and "Tinker Shuffle," which were published by Oxford University Press and have been performed by choirs through out the U.S.

As vice provost, Bennighof's duties will include interviewing of candidates for faculty positions, working with departments across the university on curriculum revision and development, and representing the provost's office in various other venues, in addition to other duties yet to be determined. He will retain his academic appointment in the School of Music.

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