Byline: GREG BOLT The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 1/26/02): The University of Oregon School of Music enrolled 325 undergraduate and 140 graduate students this year. A story in Friday's paper on the decision of Dean Anne Dhu McLucas to return to teaching contained incorrect figures.
Anne Dhu McLucas is turning in her baton and joining the band.
McLucas, 60, who has led the University of Oregon School of Music as dean for the past 10 years, plans to step down from the post at the end of the academic year. But she plans to remain at the university and return to teaching and research, beginning with a one-year sabbatical to study Native American music and complete a book.
The university is in the midst of a nationwide search for her replacement and is particularly interested in someone with strong fund-raising skills.
McLucas helped lay the foundation for a campaign to raise $15 million to renovate and expand the UO's aging music building and, with the help of state Rep. Al King, won legislative approval of state bonds to pay half the cost.
The campaign is close to going public, and McLucas said this seemed the best time to fulfill her long-term plan of returning to the professorial ranks.
"Of course, there's never a good time to step down. You're always in the middle of something," she said. "I just knew that 10 years was about my limit."
During that decade, enrollment has grown and new faculty have been added.
The school now enrolls more than 500 students and about 70 graduate students in a patched-together building designed for 350.
The school also has added scholarships and two endowed professorships. McLucas also helped start the Community Music Institute, designed to fill a void in music instruction for area schoolchildren caused by budget cuts at local elementary and …