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Greensboro College Names Professor Neill Clegg Jr. Director of Honors Program

August 8, 2014



GREENSBORO, N.C., Aug. 8 -- Greensboro College issued the following news:

Greensboro College has named Neill Clegg Jr., associate professor of music, director of the college's George Center for Honor Studies.

In that role he will oversee the college's interdisciplinary Honors program and team-teach classes within that program as well as standard classes in the Department of Music.

"We all have confidence that Professor Clegg will sustain and enhance our Honors program for the sake of continued student success," said Paul Leslie, senior vice president and chief academic officer. "In concert with the mission of the college, Professor Clegg will conduct all players to create a beautiful melody of fundamental academic opportunities and consonant higher-level intellectual harmonies, allowing our Honors students to fully realize their own life compositions."

The appointment is effective immediately and for a three-year term.

A Greensboro native who specializes in woodwind instruments, Clegg has performed in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall and with touring performers ranging from Bob Hope to the Four Seasons. He co-published country artist Reba McIntire's Top 5 hit "Take It Back."

He recently was named to the seven-member N.C. All-Star Band as a saxophonist. That ensemble will perform Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Fourth Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival in High Point.

Before joining the Greensboro College faculty in 1989, Clegg directed the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, began the jazz studies program at what is now the Music Academy of North Carolina, and spent five years as musical director of the John Coltrane Jazz Camp.

Since joining the college faculty, he has been part of the Honors faculty since the program was launched.

He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The George Center for Honors Studies is a program is designed for students who have a high level of intellectual ability and motivation. It stresses interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research in both the traditional liberal arts and professional programs. The Honors Program emphasizes close interaction with faculty through interdisciplinary and team-taught honors seminars and an in-depth senior project or thesis.

For more information on the Honors program, contact Clegg at 336-272-7102, ext. 288, or email him at cleggn@greensboro.edu.

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