Elizabeth Sayrs was appointed by President M. Duane Nellis to serve as executive vice president and provost of Ohio University, effective March 9, 2020. She previously served as the dean of University College and vice provost for undergraduate education as well as the interim dean of the College of Fine Arts. In 2018 she also served as interim EVPP for the university.
An associate professor of music theory, Dr. Sayrs first joined the Ohio University faculty in 2004. Her research has appeared in articles and reviews in the College Music Symposium, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, Music Theory Online, and Music Theory Spectrum. Her interactive e-text, MFun: Music Fundamentals was published in 2012, and she recently completed a term as editor of the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. She received the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007. Dr. Sayrs has served as chair of the Faculty Senate and as a faculty representative to the university’s Board of Trustees.
Prior to her appointment at Ohio University, Dr. Sayrs served on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Valparaiso University; Ohio State University; and the University of Saskatchewan, where she was awarded the Dwaine Nelson Teaching Award.
Dr. Sayrs is a summa cum laude graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she majored in music. She holds a master’s degree in music theory from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, and a doctoral degree in music theory from Ohio State University.