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Curtis Institute dean exits

Curtis Institute of Music vice president and dean John R. Mangan has resigned, school officials said.

Curtis Institute dean exits

Curtis Institute of Music vice president and dean John R. Mangan has resigned, school officials said.

Mangan, 47, who held the post for 3½ years, declined to speak about his reasons for leaving the conservatory, referring a reporter to Curtis' press office.

"John resigned on Jan. 4 indicating that, as Curtis prepares for the next strategic phase of its future, he made the decision to step down," said a spokeswoman. "He plans to explore other opportunities in his field."

At Curtis, the dean oversees musical and liberal-arts curriculum and the library, and works closely with president/CEO Roberto Díaz and others on student and faculty matters.

Mangan came to Curtis after seven years at Yale University, where he was assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and lecturer in the history department. A classical guitarist, he had been a music critic for the New Haven Register. His doctorate, in history and education, came from Columbia University, his master's from Yale, and bachelor's from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

He took over as Curtis dean after the retirement of Robert Fitzpatrick, who held the job for more than two decades. Paul Bryan, Curtis' registrar and associate dean of academic affairs, has been named interim dean.

As for a permanent replacement, "as Curtis begins developing its next strategic plan this semester we will assess the needs of the school and students and look at a number of positions, including the Dean’s role. At the right time we will determine if and when we will launch a search," the Curtis spokeswoman said.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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