UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sue Haug, director of the School of Music since 2005, will step down from that role at the end of June, but remain on the School of Music faculty. David Frego, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will assume the directorship in July.
“It has been an honor to serve as director of the School of Music, working with outstanding colleagues to advance the program on behalf of our wonderful students,” said Haug.
Haug became director of the school in 2005 after having served on the faculty at Iowa State University for 30 years, including 15 as head of the Department of Music. Currently the president of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), she has held leadership positions in several other organizations, including president of both Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society; and the Iowa Music Teachers Association, where she received the Distinguished Service Award. She also previously served for 11 years on the NASM Commission on Accreditation, including the positions of associate chair and chair.
In 2010, Haug received the Achieving Woman Award in Administration from the Penn State Commission for Women, and in 2003, she was the first recipient of the Iowa State University Award for Departmental Leadership.
Haug has been part of a leadership team to develop plans for a new recital hall and remodeling of Music Building I at Penn State. “These efforts have taken nearly six years to come to fruition, and it has been a real labor of love," she said. "I hope to see this work completed before I retire — with the expected opening of a beautiful recital hall in fall 2018 and coinciding with the end of my NASM presidency.”
Haug is a collaborative pianist. “In addition to teaching and spending more time on my NASM responsibilities, I am looking forward to having more time at the piano, perhaps collaborating with students and colleagues and spending part of each day with great music,” said Haug. “Bach’s 'Well-Tempered Clavier' is first on the list.”
Haug holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa.