As I approach the six-month mark as dean of the Peabody Institute, I am excited about the work that in which we are engaged at Peabody. We are entering an energizing process of repositioning the Institute within the world of music conservatories, in our home community of Baltimore, and within the multi-faceted and dynamic framework of The Johns Hopkins University. The years ahead will be a stimulating period of growth, focused on excellence, innovation, and leading the way in adapting to the changes in the American and international classical music landscape. As we work to accomplish big goals, it is vital that we clearly articulate those key objectives as well as our next steps moving forward.
To begin, our success requires clarity about important long-term goals through a sharpening of our vision in key areas as follows:
Our success ultimately requires that we build the capability to reach these longer-term objectives. To accomplish this, we are implementing our “Breakthrough Plan,” focusing on important structural refinements and capacity building work over the next two years, as follows:
This transitional plan will require additional resources to make investments in infrastructure, expertise and innovation. In order to accomplish our goals, we have established a special Dean’s Fund, raising $2.5 million to support the Breakthrough Plan. I am very pleased to report that JHU President Ron Daniels has made a generous 2:1 challenge to raise these dollars; the President’s Office will contribute $1.7 million toward this initiative once the Peabody National Advisory Council pledges $800,000. This matching challenge is a wonderful demonstration of University leadership’s investment in strengthening Peabody. Our goal is to complete this special fundraising initiative by January, 2015.
Looking beyond the two-year horizon, we are beginning the important work of refining our academic and business model for the Peabody Institute. We have begun to articulate this effort within these parameters:
We are focused on continuing to build a unique program designed to propel our students forward as artists of the 21st Century, and bring the Institute to the forefront of arts education both nationally and internationally. I am grateful for your continued interest in Peabody and look forward to sharing our progress and successes in the future.
Please accept my best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.