William L. Ballenger is Director of the School of Music at The Ohio State University. Prior to this appointment he served as Director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University and before that he served for twelve years as Department Head of Music at Oklahoma State University. Professor Ballenger's previous academic appointments include Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and public school teaching positions in Ankeny and Oskaloosa school districts in Iowa. Mr. Ballenger has composed more than seventy original compositions and arranged more than six hundred works for various ensembles. In 2007 Mr. Ballenger was appointed to the Nomination Committee for the National Association of Schools of Music. In 2008 Mr. Ballenger was appointed Chair of the Commission on Music in General Education for the Texas Association of Music Schools. In 2005, Mr. Ballenger served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the National Association of Schools of Music. Previous elections include President of the Oklahoma Association of Music Schools, and Vice Chair and Chair of Region 9 of the National Association of Schools of Music.