Longtime music industry executive Doug Howard recently announced that he will be stepping down as Dean of the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University, effective August 31st. And Curb he is a shining example of the success of the entertainment industry that colleges nurture.
Belmont President Dr. Greg Jones said: Doug Howard has been a consistently represented alumni of the college and has served as a transformative leader in the music industry for decades. Over the past seven years, he has brought that same passion, energy and creativity to developing students who can carve their own paths in his ventures across a variety of entertainment and media. We thank him for his contributions and leadership and wish him the best of luck in his well-deserved retirement. ”
After graduating from Belmont College in 1979, Howard was senior vice president of A&R at Lyric Street Records/The Walt Disney Company. I got The scene began with Welk Music Group’s Song He Plugger and as his studio manager. After graduating from law school, he was Vice President and General Manager of PolyGram Music Publishing. After five years as Manager, he was Senior Vice President of A&R at Disney-owned Lyric Street Records. . In addition, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Music Publishing/Nashville.
His tenure as Dean of Curb College was marked by significant growth of the college, deepening industry ties, opening of state-of-the-art facilities, and consistent national acclaim. Through the generosity of Mike and Linda Curb and the Curb Family Foundation, Curb’s college presence continues to grow on Nashville’s famed Music Row through facilities such as the Quonset Hut and Columbia Studio A (34 Music Square East). I’m here. Home to countless legendary hits by artists such as Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, and Buddy Holly, these historic spaces are now open to the public thanks to in-kind donations from the Curb Family Foundation. , a new generation of industry leaders. Music production and audio engineering students gain hands-on experience in a traditional recording studio. The facility at 34 Music Square East is also home to Curb His College’s renowned Songwriters Program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.th Year.
Consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top schools for music business and film studies by Billboard and Variety, Curb College grew from just under 2,000 students to more than 2,500 during Howard’s tenure and raised $87 million. to Milton & Denice Johnson. center. The building houses $3.6 million of technical resources and dedicated equipment for audio engineering technology, creative & entertainment industries, emerging media, film & television writing, journalism, media production, music business, songwriting, film and publishing. Of particular note is that the facility is equipped with a Dolby Atmos rendering unit (Dolby RMU). It enables faculty to teach the process of creating and compiling movies in full Dolby Digital, 7.1, and Atmos DCP formats. Belmont’s film program was the first college-based film program in the country that not only showed commercial films, but also taught the process of developing and producing theatrical films in the Atmos format.
“Ever since I walked down campus for the first time in the fall of 1975 to interview Bob Malloy, the founder of the Music Business Program, I have loved and will continue to love the Belmont,” said Howard. rice field. “While I am excited and ready for the next phase of my life, I would like to express how grateful I am for the support I have received from senior leadership at Belmont and sincerely thank the wonderful faculty and staff for their excellent work. Their joint efforts have enabled Curb College to offer its students world-class programs and build on the strong foundation created by Mr. Malloy and many others throughout the college. ”
Howard will continue his relationship with Belmont University by returning this fall as a member of Curb College’s Advisory Board.
Belmont Interim Chancellor Dr. David Gregory added: He achieved this through the constant support of his faculty, but his deep connections and strong reputation in the industry have opened the door to tremendous opportunities throughout the university. He appreciates calling him his colleague and friend. The good news for us is that this is not a goodbye and Curb is grateful that his influence can still be felt through his contributions to his College Advisory Board. ”
Dr. Sarita Stewart, an associate professor of creative and entertainment industries, has agreed to serve as interim dean of Curb College as Belmont University conducts a national survey of Howard’s successor this fall.