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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 4, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 20
Peabody's Eileen Soskin Tapped to Head Secondary School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School, the oldest secondary school for the arts in the nation, has appointed Eileen Soskin of Johns Hopkins as the 11th head of the institution, effective July 1. Soskin currently serves as associate vice provost for the arts at the university and as associate dean for academic affairs at the Peabody Conservatory.

Founded in 1893 and located in Natick, Mass., Walnut Hill is a private, coeducational, boarding and day school for grades 9 to 12 with students from all over the world.

Elizabeth Paine McClendon, president of the school's board of trustees, said, "A professor, administrator, published writer, singer and pianist, Dr. Soskin has the experience, integrity and ambition to lead Walnut Hill with a clear understanding of our goals and mission."

"Eileen Soskin's passion for the arts is infectious," said Kristina M. Johnson, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins. "Her vision for the role of the arts in culture and education is compelling. Equally important, however, for Walnut Hill: Eileen is also unusually good at focusing that passion and vision in very practical ways to achieve outstanding results."

Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute, said, "While I am saddened to lose such a wonderful colleague at Peabody, I am delighted that Walnut Hill will benefit from Eileen's leadership. I am also glad to continue the warm friendship between Walnut Hill School and the Peabody Institute."

Soskin has chaired Peabody's Music Theory Department, overseen curricular and accreditation reviews, led all academic affairs for the conservatory and, most recently, has been charged with raising the visibility of the arts on the Homewood campus. She holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's in music theory from San Francisco State University and a doctorate in musicology from Berkeley.

An official inauguration is being planned for fall.


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