Doug Howard announced his retirement as Dean of Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, effective August 31.
According to a statement, Dr. Sarita Stewart, Belmont associate professor of creative and entertainment industries, will serve as interim dean.
Howard will continue to serve on the Curb College Advisory Board.
Dean of Curb College since January 2015, Howard graduated from then-Belmont College in 1979 before earning an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a JD from George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC.
Howard began working in the Nashville music scene as a song plugger and studio manager for the Welk Music Group. After law school, he worked as vice president and general manager of PolyGram Music Publishing for five years before joining Disney-owned Lyric Street Records as senior vice president of A&R and as SVP and CEO of Disney Music Publishing/Nashville.
During Howard’s tenure, Curb College grew from about 2,000 students to more than 2,500, while moving into the $87 million Milton and Denice Johnson Center. The building has $3.6 million in specialized equipment related to Curb College’s fields of study: audio engineering technology, creative and entertainment industries, emerging media, film and television writing, journalism, media production , music industry, songwriting, motion pictures and publishing.
“Doug has continually demonstrated his commitment to our students by providing exceptional learning experiences in and out of the classroom,” Acting Belmont Provost David Gregory said in the statement. “He has achieved this through the tireless support of his faculty and staff, while his deep connections and solid reputation in the industry have opened the door to tremendous opportunities for the entire college.”
Belmont established a music business program in 1971.