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    Music School Dean Re-Elected to NASM Accreditation Commission

    Dr. Edward Kocher, dean of the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music, has been re-elected to serve a three year-term on the National Association of Schools of Music's (NASM) Commission on Accreditation.

    The national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with more than 640 members. It establishes standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials, produces statistical research, provides professional development and engages in policy analysis.

    An experienced evaluator, Kocher's duties on the 16-member Commission on Accreditation are to determine the qualifications of institutions seeking membership in NASM. The commission also investigates the maintenance of standards and the observance of published commitments in member institutions.

    Having served on the commission for three years, Kocher said the position gives him "the opportunity to represent Duquesne University in a national capacity and to participate in higher level decision-making that improves the quality of music education for students throughout the country."

    Kocher, an accomplished trombonist, earned degrees at Northwestern University, the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He previously served for two decades at DePaul University in Chicago and his performance credits include tours and recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Contemporary Chamber Players and a 2007 Grammy recording with Nancy Wilson on the MCG Jazz label.

    Kocher resides in Mt. Lebanon.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.