Original Appointment: October 1977
Nominated by: Lee Berk
Allan McLean is vice president of William J. Lynch & Associates. His professional expertise is in the area of estate and financial planning, executive benefits, and employee benefit planning. He was a member of Berklee's Presidential Search Committee (2003) and the Vision Committee.
McLean was elected as Berklee's fourth board chair in 2001, a position he held until 2007, after serving as vice chair from 1992 to 2001. He became acquainted with Berklee as a professional advisor in the early 1970s and was asked to join the board in 1977. Over the years he has served as board liaison to the college's Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Berklee Annual Fund chair, and in many other roles. He was cochair with Scott Benson of Berklee's Encore Gala 2000. McLean and his wife, Mary Ann McLean, sponsored the Symphony Suite Room at Berklee's 1997 Encore Gala and the Auction Room at the 2000 gala.
He has served his local community in a number of ways. He is a former member and long-term board chair of MetroWest Health, Inc., and MetroWest Medical Center. He was instrumental in the creation of the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the state. He is director of MetroWest Emergency Physicians, Inc., and a trustee and former board chair of Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp. He is also a member and former president of the Boston chapter of the American Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Commissioned in 1960 as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, McLean served on active duty for seven years and achieved the rank of captain. He holds a B.A. in economics from Boston College and an M.S. in financial services from the American College. He is also a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant. He is listed in Who's Who in America.
McLean has three sons and four grandsons. He has a wide range of interests including music, of course. He plays ice hockey, tennis, and golf. He is a former marathoner, an avid skier and sailor, and particularly enjoys yacht racing. He is a member of the Blue Water Sailing Club and chair of their Marion-Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar. He also belongs to the Constitution Yacht Club.
McLean's favorite musical performers and albums include Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall 1938, Harry James, Al Kooper's Rare and Well Done, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He is an avid fan of Gary Burton and Michel Camilo. Among his favorite films are The Blues Brothers, Dr. Strangelove, and Apocalypse Now.
What excites McLean about his involvement with Berklee: "Despite its wonderful accomplishments to date, Berklee has a great deal of unfulfilled potential. The effectiveness of the board of trustees will have a great impact on whether this potential is realized. I will do everything I can to see to it that the board is structured to help assure that Berklee maximizes its potential."