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Scott Lindroth to Step Down as Vice Provost for the Arts

Provost appoints search committee to find Lindroth's successor

Scott Lindroth Scott Lindroth, vice provost for the arts, has announced that he will step down June 30, 2020, from his current role to return full time to teaching in the Department of Music.  Lindroth, professor of music, is the university’s first vice provost for the arts and has served in the position since 2007.

“Scott has been an incredible advocate for the arts at Duke,” said Duke provost Sally Kornbluth.  “He took the position during a time when the university launched a significant commitment to fully integrating the arts into the Duke experience.  He has been instrumental in the development of many of the programs and facilities that are used by students, faculty, and the broader Duke and Durham communities.”

Kornbluth has formed a search committee to assist in the identification of a new vice provost for the arts.  “The arts have seen a transformation under Scott’s leadership,” she said. “His decision to step down from serving as vice provost makes this a highly attractive position. I am confident the search committee, with Tom Rankin as chair, will identify outstanding candidates for the position and am grateful to them for taking on this important task.” 

The search committee includes:

  • Torry Bend, Associate Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies
  • Darren Gobert, William and Sue Gross Professor of Theater Studies
  • Anthony Kelley, Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Music
  • Nimmi Ramanujam, Robert W. Carr, Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Thomas Rankin, Director of Graduate Studies, Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts – Committee chair
  • Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations 
  • Trevor Schoonmaker, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art
  • Purnima Shah, Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance and Director of the Dance Program
  • Victoria Szabo, Research Professor, Art, Art History and Visual Studies

The vice provost for the arts reports to the provost and will implement and further develop the university’s strategy in the performing and visual arts, working closely and collaboratively with the university’s senior leadership, academic departments and programs, professional organizations, and student groups. A complete position description is available here.

The committee will begin reviewing applications and nominations on Nov. 15.  Individuals who would like to be considered should submit to a current CV and letter of interest describing their qualifications, vision, and experience.

Nominations should be submitted to the assistant to the search committee at and include the individual’s name, title, link to their bio/CV, and a description of why the individual would make an excellent vice provost for the arts at Duke University. 

Letters of interest from internal candidates are welcome.  All nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence.  The search committee will review the nominations and applications, conduct interviews as appropriate, and submit an unranked list of three individuals to the provost who will make the final selection.