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The Numbers Are In
Once again, Oberlin has earned its place on the Peace Corps’ list of top-producing colleges and universities. Based on the number of alumni volunteers who served in the Peace Corps last year—24 in Oberlin’s case —the 2004 rankings place Oberlin seventh among institutions whose en- rollment is under 5,000. The College’s contribution and long-standing relationship with the Peace Corps is no surprise: more than one-third of all undergraduates volunteer in the Oberlin community while enrolled.

Oberlin Graduate Named Dean of Conservatory

Oberlin double-degree graduate David Stull ’90 became the new dean of the Conservatory July 1, following Robert Dodson’s departure to assume the position of provost at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Stull, who studied tuba at Oberlin and earned degrees in music performance and English, brings to the office a wealth of administrative, performance, and teaching experience. As associate dean of the Conservatory for the past four years—and as acting dean this past spring—he chaired the Educational Policy Committee for the Conservatory and worked closely with faculty on such new initiatives as the Young Artists and Community Music programs.

“David has a keen understanding of Oberlin’s unique place as a top-tier music school and the challenges of the professional music world,” says President Nancy S. Dye. “The young musicians who study at Oberlin—and the artists and scholars who teach here—will find him to be an excellent advocate for their interests and a tireless promoter of their efforts.”

Before coming to Oberlin, Stull worked at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, serving as a member of the brass faculty, director of conservatory admissions, and ultimately as assistant dean.

He also served as associate director of admissions at the Juilliard School and as director of residential life at the Aspen Music Festival. He holds a master of music degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

As a tubist, Stull has performed with the American Brass Quintet, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Bravo Colorado Music Festival, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has also served as a guest speaker at the Interlochen Arts Academy, as a competition judge for Midwest Young Artists and Juilliard’s pre-college division, and he’s appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

“As an alumnus of Oberlin College, it is a great privilege to return to Oberlin and serve my alma mater,” Stull says. “I’m looking forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones within the Oberlin family. The Conservatory has a great and distinguished tradition of excellence in music and education, and I am very excited about our collective future.”

Read more on Dean Stull and his plans for the Conservatory in future issues of OAM. For more information on Dean Stull, visit

After Oberlin
How are Oberlin’s newer grads making their mark? Check out ObieWeb’s new online feature, After Oberlin ( for a look at people and projects making headlines around the country.

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