Musictech College Hires First Dean of Music and Music Industry Studies

Sep 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Dr. David Wray joined Musictech College (St. Paul, Minn.) in August as the first Dean of Music and Music Industry Studies. A practicing music industry attorney, former municipal court judge, college administrator, educator and drummer in the late ’60s, Wray plans to expand Musictech’s business curriculum, developing an international exchange student program and pursuing four-year Bachelor's degree accreditation for the college.

“Of the many highly qualified candidates we interviewed from around the country, Dr. Wray stood out as the most widely talented and certainly most versatile person for the position,” said Jack McNally, president of Musictech College. “We are glad that he made the decision to leave the University of Memphis and excited to have a dean of his caliber and experience join our staff.”

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Law degree from Memphis State, Wray has worked as a lawyer for such business clients as Allstate Insurance, Lorentz, Brunn Co., Southern Pacific and MJC International. On the entertainment side, he has provided legal advice to Time-Warner, Sony, MGM/UA, Amplitude Entertainment, ASCAP and Polygram Intl. Wray has also served as legal counsel for bands Foreigner, Survivor and Steve Miller Band. Wray also sat on the bench from 1997 to 1998 as municipal court judge in Amity, Ore. He became a music industry academic in 1998 when he joined the administration of the University of Memphis, Music Industry Division, to enhance its music business curriculum and raise admission standards. Soon, he was named chairman of the school’s Music Business and Recording Technology program and implemented the school’s first foreign-exchange program with Buckinghamshire University outside of London. He was also the first tenured associate profession in the university’s Music Industry Division.

“What attracted me to Musictech was the opportunity to work in an academic setting with faculty who have made a living in the music business,” said Dr. Wray. “Musictech is an enclave for instructors who work in the music industry, and they provide their invaluable perspective to the students. Musictech is unlike any other contemporary music school I’ve seen, and I’m really looking forward to being part of its future.”

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