Campus News

Cristle Collins Judd Appointed Dean for Academic Affairs

Story posted December 16, 2005

Bowdoin College has named Cristle Collins Judd as the new Dean for Academic Affairs. President Barry Mills sent the following announcement to the College community on December 16, 2005.

Cristle Collins Judd. Photo by Candace di Carlo.

To Members of the Bowdoin Community,

It is a great pleasure to announce that Cristle Collins Judd will become Bowdoin's Dean for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2006. In this vital position, she succeeds Craig McEwen, who has led Bowdoin's academic program with excellence these past seven years. Cristle will join the Bowdoin faculty as a professor in the Department of Music with tenure.

A renowned music theorist with considerable administrative experience, Cristle is currently associate professor of music at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has served since 1993. During her notable career, Cristle has also taught at Princeton University; California State University-Fresno; in the U.K. at the University of Exeter and King's College, University of London; and at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Cristle currently serves as associate chair for performance in Penn's Department of Music and as faculty director of the university's College House Music Program, which provides private music instruction and ensemble coaching by professional musicians and advanced graduate students.

Cristle earned her undergraduate degree in music performance and her master's degree in musicology at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She earned a second master's degree and her doctorate in music theory and analysis at King's College, University of London. While her undergraduate experience was in a professional school of music in a liberal arts university, Cristle deliberately chose the challenge of teaching music theory in the context of the liberal arts, rather than pursuing a career in a music school or conservatory.

Cristle's work has been recognized by her peers in music and by her colleagues at Penn. Her first book, Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes (Cambridge University Press, 2000), received the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory. Earlier, she was the recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory and of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers. In 2000 she was presented the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching at Penn, where her colleagues described her teaching as "passionate," "inspired," and "second to none." Cristle's current work, in the area of medieval Arabic writings about music, is supported by a Mellon Foundation New Directions fellowship. She is working on a second book, tentatively titled The Diffusion of Musical Knowledge: Studies in the History of Music Theory.

Cristle's administrative experience is significant. She was the first woman to earn tenure in Penn's Department of Music. Once tenured, she served as director of graduate studies in music, overseeing all aspects of Penn's Ph.D. program, including matters dealing with the curriculum, admissions, fellowships, funding, and teaching assistant training, as well as the creation of an electronic network for alumni, and the redesign of Web pages and other communications vehicles. She also led a university-wide initiative aimed at improving the use of technology in the classroom and has been instrumental in the design and creation of new learning spaces on Penn's campus. Cristle has been actively involved in renovation and construction projects at Penn, gaining valuable experience with a variety of academic departments, with budgets and other financial matters, and with development programs. As a representative on the Provost's Arts and Culture Council, she has collaborated with Penn's artistic and cultural institutions, as well as Student Performing Arts, on programming, outreach, curricular initiatives, community partnerships, and development.

Cristle is clearly a gifted and respected scholar with an exemplary record of achievement who has an appetite for the diversity of challenges she will enjoy as dean at Bowdoin. Moreover, she is a person of very high standards, both as a scholar and as an active participant in the academic community. I have been impressed personally with her honest and straightforward style of communication, and have noted and appreciated her sense of humor. I look forward to working with Cristle to advance the academic program at Bowdoin.

I also look forward to welcoming Cristle's family - her husband Bob, a noted musicologist and executive director of the American Musicological Society, and daughters Katie, Hannah, and Sarah - to the Bowdoin community.

Between now and June, Cristle expects to visit the campus several times, not only to become more familiar with Bowdoin but also to consult with Craig McEwen in order to gain the benefit of his counsel before Craig begins a well-earned sabbatical year. Other members of the community will be included in these visits as much as possible, and we will hold a reception early next semester to welcome Cristle to Bowdoin. In the meantime, I am sure that Cristle would appreciate hearing from you as she begins her transition from Philadelphia to Brunswick. She may be reached by mail (201 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) or by e-mail (

In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the members of our Search Committee for their service over the past eight months. Their counsel and enthusiasm have been invaluable, as has their impressive commitment to a thoroughly open and consultative process. My thanks to Lynne Atkinson, Mark Battle, Craig Bradley, Katherine Dauge-Roth, Paul Franco, Susan Kaplan, Ann Kibbie, Adam Levy, Judy Montgomery, Henry Perry-Friedman '06, and Rebbecca Wilson '07.

In my remarks at Convocation at the start of this academic year, I spoke about the transition in the dean's office and our emphasis on the strength and vitality of the academic experience at Bowdoin. The appointment of Cristle Judd to this critical position gives me great confidence about the years ahead. Cristle understands our commitment to the academic program and shares our ambitions for the College. I am excited and proud to welcome her as Bowdoin's new Dean for Academic Affairs.

Sincerely yours,
Barry Mills

« Back | Campus News | Academic Spotlight | | Subscribe to Bowdoin News by Email