Lorenzo Candelaria, associate provost and professor of music history at the University of Texas at El Paso, has been appointed the new dean of Purchase College’s School of the Arts. He will succeed Ravi Rajan, who left the school at the end of the 2016–17 academic year to become president of California Institute of the Arts. Candelaria will begin his new role at Purchase College in July 2018.
“Purchase College is a transformative community that genuinely embraces the opportunities and challenges of transdisciplinarity, social inclusion, and global citizenship,” Candelaria said. “I look forward to growing in this unique and stimulating environment while working hard with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to drive a national conversation on a central role for the arts in public education.”
Prior to joining the University of Texas at El Paso in 2013, Candelaria served on the musicology faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and held the position of distinguished faculty fellow in ethnomusicology at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is currently writing a book on music in early Mexican Catholicism, with a focus on the central roles of the visual and performing arts in the religious formation of indigenous communities in sixteenth-century Mexico.