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Peabody Institute Director Jeffrey Sharkey to Step Down

May 10, 2013
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels sent the following email message to students, faculty and staff today concerning the decision of Peabody Institute Director Jeffrey Sharkey to step down.  

Dear Members of the Johns Hopkins Community:

Jeffrey Sharkey has informed me of his decision after nearly seven years as director of the Peabody Institute not to seek a second term. Jeff has graciously agreed to remain on until a successor is appointed.

The Peabody and both its conservatory and preparatory divisions are in a stronger position today as a result of Jeff’s leadership, and they are poised to accomplish even more.

He has significantly accelerated the institute’s fundraising, more than doubling what had been the usual annual pace. He initiated a focus on student aid and faculty support that will drive Peabody’s participation in the university’s just-announced Rising to the Challenge campaign, in which the institute has already raised $22 million. Alumni and volunteer support is strong, as exemplified in a re-energized and dedicated National Advisory Council.

Under Jeff, the institute has developed much closer ties with the Homewood campus, including impressive growth of the Peabody at Homewood program and planning for a future B.A. music major. Peabody is also engaged in increasing academic cooperation with the medical campus through the Brain Science Institute and in diverse performing opportunities at the Kimmel Cancer Center and the Outpatient Center as well as at the Carey Business School

Jeff’s influence has also greatly amplified Peabody’s impact in the Baltimore community, extending the powerful reach of music and dance beyond the campus through programs like Junior Bach, Tuned In, Creative Connections and the Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys. Additionally, Jeff nurtured important collaborations with the Baltimore Symphony, including Marin Alsop’s work with Peabody students and support for the OrchKids program in Baltimore public schools. All these initiatives typify Jeff ‘s commitment to providing opportunities for students to gain valuable skills necessary for the changing music profession.

The appointment under Jeff of excellent new faculty members and the institute’s continued attraction of outstanding students are the foundation for a bright future.

In short, Jeff’s tenure at Peabody has contributed in so many uncounted and uncountable ways to the institute’s position and prospects. I am grateful for his dedication to the institute and the university and for his many accomplishments. I know that you join me in wishing him well.

We will announce details of a search for Jeff’s successor in the near future.


Ronald J. Daniels

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