David Olan is a professor of music and former associate provost and dean for academic affairs at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electronic music that has been performed widely in the U. S., Europe, and Japan. He has been commissioned and performed by such organizations as the American Composers Orchestra, Parnassus, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and the New Music Consort. Among his awards are Guggenheim, NEA, CAPS, and NYFA Fellowships, and a commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress. His work is recorded on the CRI, New World, and OWL labels.
In his role as associate provost from 2013 to 2022, he led the Graduate Center’s successful Middle States reaccreditation process. He played important roles on three multi-million dollar grants from the Mellon Foundation: a $3.15 million grant to create and fund the Humanities Alliance with LaGuardia Community College; a second $3.15 million grant that expanded the Humanities Alliance; and a $2.65 million grant for Transforming Doctoral Education for the Public Good, which created the PublicsLab to prepare humanities doctoral students for careers in and beyond the academy.