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2018 Cogswell Commencement
Welcoming graduates and their families to the Cogswell College 2018 Commencement Ceremony
Teaching is one of my great passions. I love to teach! My very first job, at age 14, was teaching sailing in Chesapeake Bay. In high school, I started teaching private percussion lessons and have continued teaching music in one capacity or another ever since. Along the way, I have also been a SCUBA diving instructor and a helicopter flight instructor. It seems that in whatever activity I become involved, I find a way to teach it. I love the stimulating intellectual challenges that come from working with students and interacting with my fellow teachers.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have many great teachers throughout my education, and I consider my teaching efforts a chance to “pay it forward” to current and future generations. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as the President and Chief Academic Officer for Cogswell College in San Jose, California. Before coming to Cogswell, I was Professor of Audio Design Practice and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs for the USC Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Previously, I have held administrative and teaching positions in composition, synthesis, and music technology in the USC Thornton School of Music, the Texas Christian University School of Music, the University of Oklahoma School of Musica, and the Oklahoma Christian University Music Department.

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