December 12, 2005
Source: Laurentian University of Sudbury:
Laurentian University takes over Huntington.s music program
Earlier today, Laurentian University and Huntington University officials signed an agreement that officially transfers the music program from Huntington to Laurentian University. As part of the newly signed agreement, Laurentian University assumes responsibility for the music program and becomes the employer of faculty members teaching in this department.
This agreement is important for the University and Sudbury community as it ensures the future and growth of the music program. The future of the program was in jeopardy following Huntington 's decision to suspend it last winter.
"Given that music is critical to the quality of life of our community, Laurentian is committed to maintaining a music program on campus and will work with local partners to ensure its viability," declared Dr. Judith Woodsworth, President of Laurentian University. "We are confident that the students in the program will have access to a quality music education and will contribute to the cultural fabric of our community."
" Huntington is certainly very pleased that Laurentian made the decision to take on the management of the music program," added Mr. Doug Joblin, President of Huntington University. "This decision speaks highly of the quality of the music program and its contributions to Laurentian's curriculum, the local and wider communities, none of which were ever in question. It also speaks highly of Laurentian's commitment to the Humanities' disciplines. The decision was good news for the students, faculty, Laurentian, Sudbury community and Huntington . I am sure that the program will continue to grow and develop in new and exciting ways under ‘new management'."
Huntington will continue to provide adequate space for teaching purposes related to the music program, including faculty offices, until the end of the 2007-2008 academic year, after which Laurentian will assume this responsibility. Huntington will also continue to provide the library resources and equipment until the end of the 2006-2007 academic year. The following academic year, Laurentian will be responsible for all library resources and equipment for the music program.
As part of the agreement, Huntington will transfer to Laurentian all scholarship funds dedicated to music students and/or programs. It is also agreed that Huntington will transfer ownership to Laurentian of all library resources and equipment dedicated to the music program at the end of the 2006-2007 academic year.
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