Jonathan D. Green is a native of upstate New York. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Fredonia School of Music, studying voice with David Evans; a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts where he was an Ornest Fellow, studying voice with Jon Humphrey and Dorothy Ornest, and composition with Robert Stern and Salvatore Macchia; and he completed additional studies at Oxford University and Chautauqua Institution. He received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a University Excellence Fellow, studying conducting with William Carroll, Richard Cox and Robert Gutter; and composition with Eddie Bass.

Green became the 15th president of Susquehanna University on July 1, 2017. Prior to that, he spent six years as provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received the inaugural award for outstanding academic advisor in 2016. He previously served as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs at Sweet Briar College, where he received the 1999 Award for Excellence in Teaching.

As a composer, he has received awards from ASCAP, the North Carolina Arts Council and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His compositions include numerous songs, choral works, three piano concertos and seven symphonies. Among his many commissions is Riding the Winds of December, which was performed by the school children of Dare County as part of the centennial celebration of first flight. A number of his works have been published by C. Alan Publications, Bernel Editions, Ltd. and Treble Clef Press.

Green is the author of eight music-reference books: Choral-Orchestral Repertoire: A Conductor’s Guide , A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works: The Twentieth Century, parts I and II, A Bio-Bibliography of Carl Ruggles, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of the Classical Period, Part I: Mozart and Haydn, A Conductor’s Guide to 19th-Century Choral-Orchestral Works and A Conductor’s Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works .

He is a member of ASCAP and the Conductors Guild, and he has served on the boards of the Illinois Symphony and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics in higher education for the Council of Independent Colleges, the Annapolis Group and the American Council on Education, and was a board member of the American Conference of Academic Deans.


On this blog, President Green will share his views on the academy and its role in our contemporary world. He will also report on campus news and share a variety of stories about the transformational experiences of our students.