Whittier College News Release
David Muller Named Academic Vice President At Whittier College
His permanent appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees after a recommendation by President Katherine Haley Will. In this position, Muller will serve as the leader of the faculty and in the presidentŐs place in her absence.
"I am delighted to have found such a qualified person already in place," said Will. "Dean Muller was endorsed by the Faculty Executive Council. Based on his fine performance as interim dean, the council recommended that he be named to the permanent position. His integrity and accomplishments are clear for anyone to see. Dean Muller has excelled in his interim role and has won the respect of the faculty, staff, students and trustees."
"The Faculty Executive Council strongly recommended that Dean Muller continue as dean of the faculty on a permanent basis," said Charles Adams, associate professor of English and chair of the council. "David has done an outstanding job in his role as interim dean, and we have every confidence in his ability to lead Whittier's faculty into the next century."
Muller, who has been associate dean for academic affairs since 1995, has been at Whittier since 1983 when he joined the faculty as professor and director of instrumental music. From 1988 to 1991, he was chair of the music department, and from 1988 to 1995 he was coordinator of Whittier's Chamber Music Series.
Muller earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Temple University and master of music degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before coming to Whittier in 1983, he was principal bassoonist with the Mexico City Philharmonic, Mexico's leading orchestra. While with the orchestra (1979 to 1983) Muller recorded extensively, toured South America, Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, the United States and Canada, and performed with such noted guest artists as conductor Leonard Bernstein, violinist Isaac Stern, and cellist Lynn Harrell.
Since coming to Whittier College, Muller has continued his performing and recording career, both as an ensemble player and a soloist. He has played with many ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the L.A. Music Center Opera Company. He is also a member of the Westwood Wind Quintet, a Los Angeles-based group of soloists that records and tours extensively throughout the United States.
His wife, Diane, has played French horn with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera and the Long Beach Symphony, and has also served as an artist-in-residence at the college. She also has played for movie and television soundtracks. The Mullers live in Whittier with their two daughters, Emily, 14, and Gretchen, 11.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.
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