Aaron Dworkin, Founder and President of the Sphinx Organisation, has been announced as the new Dean of the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater & Dance.
Dworkin 44, who will be the school's first African-American Dean, will serve the position for an initial 5 year term - which will include a tenured Professorship within the faculty.
He will succeed Christopher Kendall, who has served the role for 2 five term appointments - the university's limit.
Dworkin founded the Detroit-based Sphinx Organisation in 1998, with the aim of the encouragement, development and recognition of classical music talent in the American Black and Latin communities.
His role as President of the Sphinx Organisation will replaced by his wife, Afa S Dworkin who has served Senior Executive and Artistic Directorship roles with the foundation since 1999.