Dean Emeritus of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music William Hipp has been appointed interim director of FIU’s School of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.
During his twenty-four year tenure as dean at the University of Miami, the Frost School grew in enrollment, selectivity, and added a number of strategically important graduate degree programs. The school also established several international exchange programs, constructed two new facilities, and raised over one hundred million dollars.
Already familiar with the FIU community, Dr. Hipp has been serving as the special consultant to Dean Brian Schriner since 2012. “Dr. Hipp is a proven leader. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. I couldn’t be more pleased by his decision to join the FIU School of Music,” said Brian Schriner, dean of College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA).
Following his retirement as dean at UM in 2007, he served as interim dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific (2007-09) and interim director of the School of Music at the University of South Florida (2010-11). He is currently a board member of several national, state, and local arts-related foundations and organizations. Among numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments, he was conferred the title of Cavaliere by the Republic of Italy, the Amicus Poloniae Award by the Republic of Poland, the Diploma de Honor by the Organization of American States and a number of lifetime achievement awards. In January of 2002, he was inducted into the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
“I am honored to have the privilege of serving the faculty and students of the School of Music in this interim capacity and to have the opportunity to assist the school to move forward in pursuit of its mission, goals, and aspirations,” Hipp stated.