Sue Haug, director of the School of Music, has been elected vice president of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 644 accredited institutional members. She will serve as vice president for three years, followed by a three-year term as president.
Haug has long been active in NASM, serving as chair/associate chair of the Commission on Accreditation and member of the NASM Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2007. She also served as a member of the Commission on Accreditation from 2001 to 2006 and led NASM workshops to train visiting evaluators for many years. She is frequently invited to serve as a visiting evaluator for schools undergoing accreditation review.
“NASM has been an important part of my professional life for many years, and the people with whom I have associated through NASM are among my most valued professional colleagues, friends and mentors,” said Haug. “I felt very honored to have been nominated and look forward to providing leadership to this wonderful organization.”
Haug joined the Penn State faculty in 2005. She previously served on the faculty at Iowa State University for 30 years, including 15 as head of the Department of Music. In 2003, she was the first recipient of the Iowa State Award for Departmental Leadership, and in 2010, she received the Achieving Woman Award in Administration from the Penn State Commission for Women.
In addition to her involvement with NASM, Haug is immediate past-president of the Board of Regents for Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honorary society, and past president of the Iowa Music Teachers Association, where she received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.
Haug teaches piano and score reading. She is a collaborative pianist and, with her colleagues at Iowa State, developed and toured in three original music-dramas on the lives and music of Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Nadia Boulanger. “Brahms: The Unforgettable One” is being remounted for a January 19 performance at Penn State. Haug holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa.