November 15, 2013
New music department chair named
University Provost Larry Long announced Nov. 14 that Dr. Clifton L. Ganus III, professor of music, would become chair of the music department, replacing Dr. Kelly Neill, who is stepping down to return to classroom teaching.
The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2014.
After graduating from the University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts, Ganus went on to attend University of North Texas to achieve a Master of Music Education and University of Colorado Boulder to achieve a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Ganus has been employed with the University since 1968. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the director of the University’s Chorus and Concert Classical Lyceum Series. Born in New Orleans he is the son of Chancellor Emeritus and Mrs. Clifton L. Ganus Jr.
Neill was named department chair in June 2011. He received his doctoral training at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. In addition to teaching voice and music appreciation, he directs the University’s Chamber Singers and Concert Choir.
“Dr. Neill has done an excellent job as chair, carrying on the tradition of fine leadership in our music department,” Long said. “I know that Dr. Ganus will also do well in that position. Cliff brings many years of experience to the office and has earned the respect of his peers in the department and across campus as a thoughtful, creative faculty member.”