Iovine and Young Academy dean steps down

Dean Erica Muhl will take over as president of Berklee College of Music next year.

Iovine and Young Academy Dean Erica Muhl will step down from her position to become the president of the Berklee College of Music starting in July, Provost Charles Zukoski announced in a campuswide email Thursday.

As the founding dean and executive director of IYA, Muhl guided the creation of the school following a $70 million donation from music moguls Andre Young and Jimmy Iovine.

“On behalf of the USC community, we express our deep appreciation for Dean Muhl’s visionary leadership,” Zukoski wrote. “When the Academy was founded in 2013 with a generous gift from entrepreneurs Jimmy Iovine and Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young, its future was unwritten. Now one of USC’s professional schools, the school is nationally recognized as a pathbreaker in new models in higher education, including the development of multidisciplinary and integrative programs.”

During her tenure, Muhl helped expand the Academy’s course offerings from the initial Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and Business Innovation and online Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology to include new minors in collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Muhl also facilitated the opening of Iovine and Young Hall last year, which houses a 3D print shop and multimedia imaging lab for the Academy’s multidisciplinary coursework.

Muhl began at USC as a professor of composition in the Thornton School of Music and later became associate dean. While working as the founding director of IYA, Muhl also served as dean of the Roski School of Art and Design from 2012 to 2018. Her time as Roski dean proved tumultuous in 2015 when the entire class of seven students in Roski’s MFA program withdrew from the school over administration and curriculum changes.

USC will create an advisory committee soon to begin the search for the Academy’s new dean, according to the memo.