Ohio State has named two interim marching band directors.
University Bands director Russel Mikkelson and University Bands associate director Scott Jones are set to guide the band for the 2014-15 year after former head band director Jonathan Waters was fired in late July, according to a Monday OSU press release.
The two were appointed to “provide operational leadership and oversight” of the marching band, according to the release.
Meanwhile, Lisa Galvin was hired as an associate director for the season. She recently retired from Hilliard Bradley High School where she taught instrumental music and was the assistant director of bands.
Current associate director Chris Hoch and assistant director Mike Smith will keep their current positions, according to the release.
While Mikkelson will be in charge of oversight and direction of the band, Jones will handle compliance, Title IX and student safety. Galvin and Hoch will head drill design, music rehearsal, administration and student staff oversight. Smith will lead percussion, rehearsal assistance and athletic bands.
Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that aims to protect against discrimination based on sex in education programs that receive federal funding.
OSU spokesman Gary Lewis was not able to immediately provide information about the salaries of the new band structure after business hours Monday.
OSU Board of Trustees Chair Jeffrey Wadsworth said he supports the termination of Waters in an emailed statement from Lewis.
“With the announcement today of the interim leadership of the Ohio State Marching Band, we have taken a necessary step forward by doing what we must, and what is right,” Wadsworth said in the statement. “I unequivocally support the decision to terminate the former Marching Band director and the measures taken to ensure that the culture of the Marching Band aligns with our institutional values.”
Waters was fired after a 23-page report from a two-month investigation determined the band’s culture was “an environment conducive to sexual harassment,” according to a released statement from President Michael Drake last week. It concluded that Waters was either aware of, or reasonably should have been aware of, the “sexual” culture but didn’t do enough to address it or prevent it from happening.
Examples listed in the report include an annual band practice in Ohio Stadium that Waters attended where students were expected to march in only their underwear, sexually explicit nicknames that were given to new band members and a case where a female student was told to imitate a sexual act on laps of band members.
Lewis also sent a statement from Alumni Relations senior vice president and President and CEO of the OSU Alumni Association Archie Griffin, who said he, too, supports Waters’ termination.
“Our surest path forward in resetting the culture of the band while continuing its tradition of excellence is through pursuing clear, values-based decisions that support our students,” Griffin’s statement said.