Ohio State names panel to search for new marching band director after firing


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has named a search committee to find a new director for its celebrated marching band.

The panel was named Monday by Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences David Manderscheid. It is charged with finding a replacement for Jonathan Waters, who was fired on July 24. Waters and his backers oppose the dismissal and question a university investigation that concluded Waters knew about but didn't stop a "sexualized culture" within the band.

The university and its board stand by the firing.

Mark Shanda, a divisional dean of arts and humanities within the College of Arts and Sciences, will chair the search committee. Other members include administrators overseeing university bands, jazz studies, athletics and the university's medical college; a band alum; and two current band members named by fellow students.

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