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Musictech College Hires First Dean of Music and Music Industry Studies

Dr. David Wray joined Musictech College (St. Paul, Minn.) in August as the first Dean of Music and Music Industry Studies.

Dr. David Wray joined Musictech College (St. Paul, Minn.) in Augustas the first Dean of Music and Music Industry Studies. A practicingmusic industry attorney, former municipal court judge, collegeadministrator, educator and drummer in the late ’60s, Wray plansto expand Musictech’s business curriculum, developing aninternational exchange student program and pursuing four-yearBachelor’s degree accreditation for the college.

“Of the many highly qualified candidates we interviewed fromaround the country, Dr. Wray stood out as the most widely talented andcertainly most versatile person for the position,” said JackMcNally, president of Musictech College. “We are glad that hemade the decision to leave the University of Memphis and excited tohave a dean of his caliber and experience join our staff.”

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Law degree fromMemphis State, Wray has worked as a lawyer for such business clients asAllstate Insurance, Lorentz, Brunn Co., Southern Pacific and MJCInternational. On the entertainment side, he has provided legal adviceto Time-Warner, Sony, MGM/UA, Amplitude Entertainment, ASCAP andPolygram Intl. Wray has also served as legal counsel for bandsForeigner, Survivor and Steve Miller Band. Wray also sat on the benchfrom 1997 to 1998 as municipal court judge in Amity, Ore. He became amusic industry academic in 1998 when he joined the administration ofthe University of Memphis, Music Industry Division, to enhance itsmusic business curriculum and raise admission standards. Soon, he wasnamed chairman of the school’s Music Business and RecordingTechnology program and implemented the school’s firstforeign-exchange program with Buckinghamshire University outside ofLondon. He was also the first tenured associate profession in theuniversity’s Music Industry Division.

“What attracted me to Musictech was the opportunity to work inan academic setting with faculty who have made a living in the musicbusiness,” said Dr. Wray. “Musictech is an enclave forinstructors who work in the music industry, and they provide theirinvaluable perspective to the students. Musictech is unlike any othercontemporary music school I’ve seen, and I’m really lookingforward to being part of its future.”

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