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Colburn School President Miguel Angel Corzo resigns

October 22, 2008 |  1:14 pm

Miguel_angel_corzo Miguel Angel Corzo, president of the Colburn School of Music since July 2007, has resigned the post effective immediately, Colburn School board Chairman Robert S. Attiyeh said today.

Susan Keran Solomon, vice chair of the board, will take a leave of absence from that position to assume the role of interim president at the school.

According to a statement released by the school, Corzo stepped down "to seek other challenges in the promotion of the creative economy and dedicate his time to the pursuit of these goals." Corzo, 66, who previously served as as president and chief executive officer of the University of Arts in Philadelphia and as director of the Getty Conservation Institute, could not immediately be reached for comment.

In fact, the executive left the Colburn last week, but the school delayed confirming his departure because of "legal considerations" and to have time to notify parents of students at Colburn's community-based School of Performing Arts, said the school's director of communications, Alexandra Brooks, in an interview today.

Speaking of Colburn parents, some members of that notably vocal group went public last month with their displeasure over the elimination of the school's Suzuki piano program.  Previously, the fractious group cried foul over parking limitations caused by the addition of a $120-million, 13-story structure adjacent to the school's downtown headquarters on Grand Avenue, forcing parents to use expensive and inconvenient area lots. The school responded by allotting more parking spaces for community students.

--Diane Haithman

Photo: Miguel Angel Corzo in the courtyard of Colburn School a month prior to the opening of its new buliding in 2007. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times