News has come to hand that a leading US candidate has declined an offer to take up the position of head of ANU’s School of Music. The Canberra Times’ Emma Macdonald, who has been following the embattled school through a spate of staff losses and internal disputes, reports that “Staff and students were advised the American academic and musician who was offered the position has opted out after months of negotiation”.
ANU’s Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt announced: “I was advised over the weekend that our preferred candidate for head of school had decided not to take up the position after a strong counter-offer from one of the world’s top-ranked universities,” reports Macdonald.
The search to replace the school’s previous head, Peter Tregear, who left last August, is continuing. Tregear meanwhile has since taken up a teaching fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London. And as we reported in early March, a wide-ranging review is underway of ANU’s School of Music to steer its future. The first stage of that review, consisting of a round of community consultations, is expected to conclude in late April.