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Jacobs School of Music appoints Melissa Dickson director of development

Nov. 14, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced the appointment of Jacobs alumna Melissa Korzec Dickson as director of development, following two years as senior development officer.

Dickson will continue to lead the school's development office, cultivating and coordinating philanthropic gifts and directing the Jacobs School's participation in capital campaigns for the Bloomington campus, in partnership with the IU Foundation.

"If ever a position was earned, it's this one," said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School of Music. "From the moment Melissa joined our staff, her potential was evident. Over time and in full view of our school, she realized that potential, exceeding the expectations of all, in spite of obstacles that lay in her path. Therefore it is fitting today that she be appointed as the Jacobs School's director of development, a reflection of the confidence and trust she has earned in her time at Indiana University. We can't wait to see what she will accomplish in her new position."

Joining the Jacobs School's development office in 2005 as assistant director, Dickson developed a successful stewardship and annual giving program that the office continues to expand upon. She then served as acting director of development from 2006 to 2009. During that time, she substantially expanded donor relations on behalf of the Jacobs School, both on and off campus. She was appointed associate director of development in 2008.

Dickson has worked closely with members of the Jacobs School of Music faculty and staff, as well as members of the IU Foundation to further develop the fundraising efforts of the Jacobs School, leading to the successful close of fiscal year 2011-12 with gifts totaling more than $11 million.

She graduated from the IU Jacobs School of Music in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance and an outside field in English literature. As a student at the Jacobs School, she studied with Teresa Kubiak and Paul Kiesgen. While a student, she performed such roles as Marcellina in Mozart's "Le Nozze de Figaro." She also was a principal company member in Sondheim's review "Putting it Together," as well as Mrs. Holmes in Lucy Simon's "The Secret Garden."

Dickson was a member of the award-winning Singing Hoosiers and sang with Sarah Brightman on her La Luna tour. Recently, Dickson received the Singing Hoosiers Distinguished Young Alumni Award for her philanthropic service in the arts and higher education.