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September 21, 2011

Douglas Lowry installed as Joan and Martin Messinger Dean

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More than 200 people attended the Sept. 14 installation ceremony of Douglas Lowry as the inaugural Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of Music.

The installation included remarks by G. Robert Witmer Jr. ’59, chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees; President Joel Seligman; and Rabbi Sarah Jo Messinger 82, who represented her father and called on others to join their family in supporting the Eastman School. Another daughter, Daryl Messinger, was also present for the ceremony.

The deanship was endowed by life trustee Martin Messinger ’49 and his wife, Joan, as a source of permanent funding in support of programming and areas of critical need for the dean. The Messingers have a long history of supporting the University and the Eastman School. Joan Messinger died in April.

“Our prospects are unlimited. We are motivated. We have critical momentum. We have a strategic vision that courageously embraces the future of music.”
—Douglas Lowry

Since his arrival in August of 2007, Lowry has led the Eastman community in an ambitious strategic plan, “Empowering the Eastman Advantage.” Lowry has undertaken an expansion of Eastman’s international partnerships in China and Europe, having encouraged full deployment of the school’s leadership position in the use of Internet2 technology to create a series of “virtual partnerships” with prestigious institutions worldwide. He has founded the Center for Music Innovation and Engagement, under the Institute for Music Leadership, as an incubator for new forms of music presentation.

Under his leadership, the school’s historic performance venue was renovated as Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and the new Eastman East Wing, with state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal, and teaching spaces, was built. The renovation and expansion project—the biggest architectural transformation in the school’s history—was completed in December 2010.

“If one word could encapsulate Joan and Martin Messinger’s intentions with the naming of the Eastman deanship, it would be empowerment,” Lowry told the audience at the installation event in Kilbourn Hall. “As for us, we have an unbelievably strong foundation, based on nearly 90 years of excellence. Our prospects are unlimited. We are motivated. We have critical momentum. We have a strategic vision that courageously embraces the future of music. Now we must redouble our passion and commitment to that vision. Because there is no better time than now for us to stake our claim for empowering the Eastman advantage.”

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