Berklee Today

Lead Sheet

In·au·gu·rate

by David M. McKay

Vice president for Institutional Advancement

A presidential inauguration is a historic event in any institute of higher education, a time of celebration and anticipation and a moment when a college marks the present by projecting its future vision against the silver screen of its past achievements.
Many are familiar with the pomp and circumstance of a traditional inaugural ceremony-but the December 3 inauguration of Roger Brown as Berklee's third president will be more than a single event. It will be the culmination of a week of activity that will set the Berklee campus abuzz with the rhythms of a new era. This is Berklee's first formal inauguration, and we'll celebrate in style! We will welcome Roger Brown, celebrate the achievements of the college, and reinforce the vision of what we are becoming.

It all begins on Monday, November 29. Evenings will feature concerts; during the day, faculty-hosted forums will highlight Berklee's core academic programs. Sessions to be presented will include, "Anatomy of a Score: Conception to Completion," "Instantaneous Community: Composing the Moment," "Beyond the Music: Educating the Whole Person," and "Berklee and the Future of Music."

On December 3, at 1:00 p.m., operations will be suspended campus-wide so that the entire Berklee community can convene at the Hynes Convention Center for the 2:00 p.m. installation. It will include the conferral of honorary degrees upon distinguished guests and a performance by James Taylor. We will hear from longtime colleagues and friends of Roger Brown, and then our new president will deliver his inaugural address.
Since arriving on campus, Roger Brown has listened closely to the ideas of the Berklee community. In his inaugural speech, he will unveil the vision for the college-not his vision alone, but one developed in consultation with the entire community through Berklee town hall?style meetings and formal and informal discussions with the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students. He and the board of trustees have also sought input from alumni who are bright lights in the music world, and they will reveal to all of us a vision for what we can expect Berklee College of Music to look like in 2015.

Inauguration week closes with a Berklee twist: a huge reception for all and then a concert in the Berklee Performance Center. The entire Berklee community is invited to the concert, but seats are limited. For ticket information or the full calendar of events, call (617) 747-2851 or visit the Berklee website.


Susan Whitehead
Susan Whitehead
Mark A. Peterson
Mark A. Peterson
Jeffrey L. Shames
Jeffrey L. Shames
William J. Lynch, III
William J. Lynch, III
Steven H. Holtzman
Steven H. Holtzman
all photos by Farnsworth Blalock photos

New Trustees Named

by Mark Small

Berklee's Board of Trustees Chair Allan T. McLean recently announced the appointment of five new members to Berklee's board. These latest additions to the board are highly accomplished professionals in the pharmaceutical, legal, insurance, and investment fields.

Attorney Susan Whitehead has guided the Whitehead Institute over the years to become one of the preeminent research organizations in the world. Formerly a trial lawyer, Whitehead served as an assistant district attorney in New York City. She directed a clinical program at Brooklyn Law School and developed a comprehensive education program for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Whitehead has extensive experience in forming partnerships with universities and encouraging collaboration on cutting-edge creative endeavors. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a juris doctorate degree from Cardozo School of Law.

Before retiring recently, Mark A. Peterson served as an executive for Fidelity Investments, America's largest mutual-fund company. In his many roles at the company, Peterson held executive positions directing Fidelity in legal matters, information-technology issues, and the company's venture investing in biotechnology interests. Peterson earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and his juris doctorate from Temple University School of Law. He is also a music aficionado with a CD and album collection of more than 10,000 titles.

Jeffrey L. Shames is the retired chair of MFS Investment Management, one of the nation's largest investment management companies. After joining the firm in 1983, Shames rose rapidly through the ranks ultimately serving as the company's CEO until his retirement in February 2004. Shames holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, Shames devotes his time to philanthropic causes and serves on the board of directors for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the board of City Year.

William J. Lynch, III was named the president of William J. Lynch and Associates in 1988. Founded in 1958, the firm is a nationally recognized insurance and investment company. A subsidiary of TBG Financial, William J. Lynch and Associates specializes in the analysis and funding of corporate benefit liabilities. Lynch earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Boston College. Although Lynch doesn't play an instrument himself, music is a major focus in Lynch's family; his sons Will and Mike are both avid musicians.

Steven H. Holtzman is the founder, president, CEO, and chair of the board of directors of Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Prior to establishing the company, Holtzman served as the chief business officer of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and founded DNX Corporation. Between 1996 and 2001, Holtzman served on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission as an appointee of the Clinton administration. He holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. A guitarist, Holtzman has a love for jazz and has used the themes of improvisation and invention from jazz as a metaphor for the scientific research his company conducts in the biotechnology field.

"I am excited about the dimension these new trustees will bring to our board," says Berklee President Roger Brown. "Their expertise in the legal, scientific, business, and financial arenas coupled with their shared passion for music, education, and public service, will make them valuable advisers to the college."