William M. Lowman Idyllwild President and Headmaster Announces Retirement

We recently learned that William Lowman, Idyllwild Arts President/Headmaster and founding head of Idyllwild Arts Academy, a performing arts boarding school, will retire effective June 30, 2010 (correction: June 30, 2011).

Mr. Lowman assumed leadership of Idyllwild in 1985 as the school became independent from the University of Southern California. Idyllwild prospered and grew during his Lowman’s tenure.

All three of Idyllwild’s divisions are the among the leaders in their fields- Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, The Idyllwild Arts Foundation. Idyllwild Arts Foundation programs reach an estimated 30,000 people annually. Mr. Lowman seems to be that great combination of educator and fundraiser.

On his retirement, Idyllwild Board Chair, Faith Raiguel said,

“Bill Lowman has been instrumental in Idyllwild Arts growth for 25 years. The organization has grown and thrived under his vision, limitless energy and dedication to educating artists of all ages. His belief in creating the first boarding high school for the arts on the West Coast has allowed Idyllwild Arts to continue its reputation as a cutting edge program.” (Idyllwild Arts Foundation Announces Retirement of Idyllwild Arts President William M. Lowman)

  • Brian Fisher

    Idyllwild's local newspaper, the Idyllwild Town Crier features a story on Bill Lowman's retirement with an important angle that escaped me. Lowman knows Idyllwild from a student's perspective:

    "…Lowman first came to IA in the summer of 1965 as a high school student to sing in then Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts’ (ISOMATA) festival choir…"

    Nothing speaks greater praise of a school, or arts institution, than the return of an alumnus to teach and participate in the institution's future.

    "IA President to Retire:" http://www.towncrier.com/stories/story.1.20100225

  • Theresa, thanks for pointing out the error in the post. We updated the piece w/the correct info.

    Thanks again for letting us know!

  • Theresa Teel

    your story is incorrect. Mr. Lowman will retire June 30, 2011. http://idyllwildarts.org/foundation.html

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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