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Chris Osgood is new Vice President for Organizational Development

Chris OsgoodMcNally Smith College of Music President Harry Chalmiers announced today that Chris Osgood will join the college as Vice President for Organizational Development on May 1, 2008.  Osgood, a highly respected musician, educator and arts leader, is currently the Director of Artist Services at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul.   In the newly created position of Vice President for Organizational Development, Osgood will work with McNally Smith students and academic leadership to provide a broader program of academic advising, counseling and career preparation.  With his deep ties to the music community, Osgood will also serve as a liaison in creating increasing partnerships with community arts and cultural organizations.

“Chris Osgood is an incredibly talented and devoted leader in the music and arts community, and we are very excited about the experience and insight that he will bring to McNally Smith,” said Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith.  Osgood will report directly to the McNally Smith President.

Chris Osgood, age 53, first came to prominence in the Twin Cities music scene as guitarist of The Suicide Commandos.  This pioneering punk rock band was founded in 1975 by Osgood and went on to tour nationally and record for Phonogram and Twin/Tone Records through the late 1970s.  The group’s Make a Record was recently re-released on iTunes by Island Def Jam.  Osgood continues to perform with The Suicide Commandos as well as his groups The X-Boys and The Warblers.  He has won multiple Minnesota Music Awards, including “Rock Guitarist of the Year” and “Man of the Year.”

From 1984 to 1990, Osgood was Label Manager and Director of Sales at Twin/Tone Records, the Minneapolis-based label that launched the careers of The Replacements, Soul Asylum, the Jayhawks and many others.  He also served as a music producer at Twin/Tone.  Osgood joined Springboard for the Arts in 1990.  As Director of Artist Services at Springboard, Osgood has led the organization in assisting artists throughout the United States to obtain the skills, contacts and services necessary for a fulfilling life in the arts.

Osgood has also served on a number of arts organizations’ boards and faculties.  He was appointed to the Minnesota State Arts Board by Governor Ventura in 2001.  Other affiliations over the years have included the Walker Art Center, the Developing Arts & Music Foundation, the Fairview Arts Medicine Center, the Native American Indian Music Association, MacPhail Center for Music and the Minnesota Music Academy.