Berklee Announces Erica Muhl as New President

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An accomplished composer and conductor, Muhl will become the first woman to serve as Berklee’s president, and only the fourth president in the institution's 75-year history.

Muhl comes to Berklee from a distinguished 30-year career at the University of Southern California, where she was dean and founding executive director of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

Muhl begins her term in July 2021, succeeding President Roger H. Brown, who served in the role for 17 years.

Read the press release.


An Introduction to Erica Muhl

Watch members of the presidential search committee introduce Erica Muhl and describe the unique qualities that made her the ideal candidate for this position—then hear from Muhl herself.

About Erica Muhl

Throughout her career as a creative artist, scholar, teacher, and administrator, Erica Muhl has remained committed to maintaining rigorous standards of academic excellence while seeking to forge new paradigms and models for higher education. She has worked steadily to catalyze the field toward change, in particular as a staunch public advocate for multidisciplinary and integrative programs that nurture innovative thought through an emphasis on creativity as fueled by technology and entrepreneurship.

Read Muhl's biography.

Dear members of the Berklee community,

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that, following an exhaustive, almost yearlong, search, we are writing to introduce the appointment of Berklee’s fourth president, Erica Muhl...

... Erica’s credentials clearly position her well to lead Berklee into a new era. Her enthusiasm for our mission, along with a skill set that readily embraces the full range of what we do, made her a clear choice for Berklee’s next president.

—Letter from Martin J. Mannion and Susan Whitehead

Read the announcement letter.

Left to right: Jimmy Iovine, Erica Muhl, and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young

In Their Words

Quotes About Erica Muhl

"Dre and I had an idea to fuel innovation through a new style of education. Through Erica's leadership, hard work and determination, she has realized our vision, building an amazing school to educate students where they really live, and one that is at the center of creativity, culture, and the global influence of connectivity that is only possible through technology. We know that Erica will do great things at Berklee. We look forward to continuing to work with her on educational experiences that matter, and that change lives."

-Jimmy Iovine, music executive and entrepreneur

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the president is the chief executive officer of Berklee, responsible for the strategic, artistic, educational, financial, operational, and cultural health of the organization. The arts and higher education are dynamic and rapidly evolving. In this context, the president is responsible for ensuring that Berklee continues to strengthen its position as the innovative leader in music, dance, and theater education, delivering value to all its students worldwide.

See priorities for the next president.

The Search Committee

The presidential search committee was responsible for engaging an executive search firm and contributing to a highly inclusive process.

See the list of search committee members.

The Transition Team

The presidential transition team will be responsible for developing a framework and approach designed to support the immediate and long-term success of the new president. 

See the list of transition team members.

Berklee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this leadership position. Berklee’s commitment to inclusivity encompasses, but is not limited to, diversity in nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.