Jason King will serve as the new dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, effective July 1, according to Interim Provost Elizabeth Graddy in an email statement shared with the USC community on January 24.
King will come from his alma mater NYU where he currently serves as chair of the Clive Davis Institute in the Tish School of the Arts. King is a scholar, author, journalist, multimedia host, and professor on diverse topics in the music industry. He has also worked in academic fields such as marketing, African American and African diasporic studies, globalization, media and technology studies and queer studies, according to USC News.
“I’m excited to take the reigns of Thornton, an exceptional institution with a profound history,” King said in an Instagram post today.
Throughout his career, King has been an inaugural member of the Black Genius Brain Trust and the Hip Hop Culture Council at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a contributor to the NPR Music team and has authored multiple scholarly articles.
“We are excited that [King] will be able to leverage his strong network and interdisciplinary experience of performance, teaching, production, research, and business acumen to benefit the Thornton School of Music community,” Graddy said.
In her statement, Graddy thanked the Thornton School Search Advisory Committee for their work throughout the process, Interim Dean Josh Kun for his time in the role, as well as the rest of the Thorton community for their feedback and input.
Kun will continue to serve as the school’s interim dean throughout the spring semester.
“I’m honored and feeling full of wistful gratitude at this moment. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this tremendous journey,” King said.