WMU News

International bassists elect Tom Knific president

Feb. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Tom Knific, a professor of music at Western Michigan University since 1987, has been named president elect of the International Society of Bassists.

Knific's appointment was announced at a recent meeting of the society's board of directors in Dallas and is effective in June. Knific will preside over the society's world conference at WMU in June 2005 and will continue to serve in that capacity through 2007. He then will serve as past president through 2009. The organization and its leaders have had a huge impact on Knific over the years, he notes.

"My dedication to the organization was fostered by my respect for the past presidents I have worked with, who have been mentors in every aspect of my professional life," Knific says. "I hope I am able to deliver as much as these great gentlemen have to the institution and to our culture. I look forward to presenting the riches of our University, community, colleagues and family and friends when the bassists of the world descend upon Kalamazoo in two years."

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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