Adelphi orchestrates new provost, baton included

Band leader: Accomplished composer and academician Steve Everett will become Adelphi University's new provost and executive vice president.

Adelphi University has plucked its next provost from the orchestra pit.

The Garden City university has named Steve Everett, currently dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Architecture, Design and the Arts, as executive vice president and chief academic officer. His appointment as Adelphi provost is slated to begin before July 1.

An accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music, Everett succeeds Sam Grogg, a former dean of Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences who served as interim provost and executive vice president since July 2016.

At UIC, Everett managed programs in four distinct schools, as well as the university’s groundbreaking Gallery 400 art gallery and the renowned Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, UIC’s homage to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The dean also oversaw the UIC Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research and business-incubation hub bridging education, laboratory science and industry.

That particular combination of experiences made Everett the ideal choice to succeed Grogg as Adelphi provost, according to university President Christine Riordan, who officially named the new academics chief Tuesday.

“Dr. Everett’s outstanding qualifications and compelling ideas very quickly elevated him to the short list of our final candidates,” Riordan said. “After his visit with our campus community, we were convinced that Dr. Everett is the right fit for Adelphi’s leadership, today and beyond.”

Christine Riordan: Everett is in tune with Adelphi’s ambitions.

That short list, whittled from a national search, ultimately centered on Everett, an accomplished musician with a long history of academic-program innovation. At UIC, he “expanded industry and university partnerships locally and globally, built pioneering instructional technology labs … and launched the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts’ first online and hybrid courses,” according to an Adelphi statement.

Prior to UIC, Everett logged a 23-year run as music professor and assistant provost at Atlanta’s Emory University, where he co-chaired the university’s Commission on the Liberal Arts.

Possessing multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University, Everett completed his doctorate in composition at the University of Illinois. He has studied music internationally, including multiple international research residencies, and has served as a visiting professor of composition at Princeton University.

He’s also been a guest composer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland and the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music and the Utrecht School of the Arts, both in the Netherlands.

With compositions performed in 27 countries, multiple recordings and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the American Composers Forum and others, Everett is “a widely respected and extensively accomplished composer, conductor and professor of music whose accomplishments and initiatives are a powerful indicator of the innovation, leadership and world-class academics he will bring to the role of provost,” according to Riordan.

“I am confident that Dr. Everett will propel Adelphi University’s eight esteemed colleges and professional schools, as well as the university libraries, into the exciting future we have envisioned,” the Adelphi president added.