Lee Eliot Berk, the son of Berklee's founder Lawrence Berk and the school’s namesake, served as Berklee's second president for 25 years over his 38-year career at the institution. During his tenure, Berklee greatly expanded in size and reach, becoming a world-renowned leader in contemporary music education. His immeasurable contributions to Berklee and the world of music have established a visionary and transformative legacy.
"Lee Eliot Berk’s visionary leadership and immeasurable contributions to Berklee have left an indelible mark on our community and on the world of contemporary music. He significantly expanded Berklee’s presence as an anchor arts institution in Boston and solidified its reputation for artistic excellence around the globe. His dedication to advancing educational boundaries created an enduring legacy that has shaped the future of education and of the music industry. We are deeply grateful for his immense impact on this institution and the broader culture through a lifetime of dedicated work." —David Bogen, Interim President and Provost
Gifts in memory of Lee Eliot Berk will be split equally between the Berklee Fund and the Lee and Susan Berk Endowment at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. The Berklee Fund supports Berklee College of Music's greatest and most urgent needs, creating an immediate impact for Berklee College of Music students. The Lee and Susan Berk Endowment will provide ongoing long-term support for Boston Conservatory at Berklee.