Press Release: MENC Executive Director Announces Departure from MENC

MENC Executive Director John Mahlmann Announces Departure from MENC After Almost 27 Years

RESTON, VA (November 5, 2009) – At the October 2009 meeting of the MENC National Executive Board, MENC Executive Director John J. Mahlmann announced his decision to resign from MENC after nearly 27 years at the helm of the association. During his tenure, which encompassed more than a quarter of MENC’s existence, he led the organization through a period of substantial membership growth and transformed the landscape of music education through innovative programs and vigorous advocacy.

MENC President Barbara Geer said on behalf of the board, “We are all sorry to hear that John has decided to retire next year from his post as the longest-serving Executive Director of MENC. But at the same time, we appreciate the energy he devoted to managing the affairs of our organization and shaping the development of our profession.”

“John was the latest of six executives in the history of MENC,” continued Geer, “and served during a time of unprecedented growth in the field of music education and expansion of the influence of our association. The MENC National Executive Board is now developing a plan to guide the search for a new Director, and hopes to have a replacement on board when John leaves in April.”

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MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located at the National Center for Music Education in Reston, VA.