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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 23, 2015 Page 5 Boston Architectural College Celebrates Presidential Investiture Community Gathers to Formally Invest Glen S. LeRoy as Seventh President Faculty, staff, stu- dents, alumni, and friends of the Boston Architectural Col- lege (BAC) celebrated new leadership with the official Presiden- tial Investiture of Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP. More than 200 guests came to- gether as a commu- nity at The Harvard Club of Boston to celebrate the BAC's next chapter, which will be led by LeRoy as the College's sev- enth president. Delegates repre- senting higher edu- cation and profes- sional associations marched in the in- vestiture procession, joined by members of the BAC's internal community, includ- ing student representa- tives, deans, vice presi- dents, and members of the Board of Trustees. Delegates from the higher education com- munity included es- teemed presidents and leaders of universities and colleges in Boston and beyond. Among those .representing the professional associa- lions marched president of the American Insti- tute of Architects (AIA), Elizabeth Chu Richter, who also provided a greeting. Dana Rowan, chair of the BAC's Board of Trustees, led the historic ceremony, which was started off with a welcome from Massachusetts State Representative Jay Living- stone. Guests included Boston city councilors; fellow higher education and design field leaders; and family, friends, and colleagues of LeRoy fi-om across the country. Rowan started the cer- emony with a brief history of the BAC, then looked forward to the College's future. "The mission of education by its very nature is always a work in progress," said Rowan. "And thus the BAC must continue to build on its proud history, engaging the talents of thoughtful leader- ship, exceptional faculty, and inspired students." The BAC's students were a main focus of the ceremony, with a greeting from Bachelor of Architecture candidate Rand Lemley. Joined on stage by three of his peers, each rep- resenting a different school, Rand identified the BAC's inclusive and supportive com- munity as what make it a spe- cial place to study and grow as a designer. "We have open admissions that give a chance, and in some cases, a second chance, for students to pursue quality design education," said Rand. "I migrated from Texas to Boston, sight un- seen, three years ago with only two foot lockers of pos- sessions. Tb_rough the rigor of the BAC and the support of my peers in design, I am work- ing at a premier architecture firm in the city while two years away from graduation." BAC alumni also welcomed and ad- dressed the audi- ence. Stephen Mes- singer, Master of Architecture gradu- ate, class of 2011, and current Alumni Board president, spoke on behalf of the alumni body and expressed excitement about working together with LeRoy. Carole Wedge, Bachelor of Architecture, class of 1990, and presi- dent of Shepley Bulfinch, repre- sented the design firms as she spoke about the value and BAC President Glen LeRoy with wife, Susanne LeRoy. impact of the BAC. "The BAC stands for excellence and rel- evance, and the rela- tionship between prac- tice and education is in our DNA," Carole said. "The architects of Bos- ton came together to found the BAC and have been employers, teach- ers, and advocates for students and excellence in design education ever since. We want Glen BAC President Glen LeRoy; Berklee College and the whole BAC of Music President Roger Brown; and community to know Emerson College President Lee Pelton. that Boston's design practice is committed to a successful future together." Other greetings came fi-om the BAC's Director of Liberal Studies and faculty member Victoria Hallinan and the Executive Director of Profes- sional Arts Consortium (ProArts) Ross Bresler, who welcomed LeRoy to the ProArts family, which is com- prised of seven Boston-area colleges dedicated to the visual and performing arts. Elizabeth Chu Richter, 2015 AIA LeRoy brings years ofexpe- National President; Carole Wedge, rience in higher education to B-Arch '90, BAC Trustee, President his new role as BAC presi- of Shepley Bulflnch, Boston dent. He served as the dean www.depasc uaievenlu es.com Dana Rowan, Chair, Trustees; Marc of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Tech- nological University (LTU) for I0 years, where he demon- strated a proven commitment to increasing enrollment, planning and implementing a strategic vision, and support- ing a diverse student body. Paired with this, LeRoy was a principal at the architectural and design firm Gould Evans Associates for 15 years. This BAC Board of combination of experience in Pelletie, Trustee. both the classroom and the design field represents his commitment to practice- based teaming, which is the core of the BAC experience. As the ceremony came to a close, President LeRoy con- cluded the investiture with a simple, yet powerful, remark: "The Boston Architectural College is the right school at the right time, in the right city to enhance, and perhaps re- invent, practice-based design education in the 21st Cen- Joe Bennett, Dean and Vice tury. I ask that you join us in President of Academic Affairs, this worthy endeavor." Boston Conservatory; Paul Hajian, Faculty, Massachusetts CoIlege of Art. hotos by Roger FmTingtonJ Mar Seafood, Ctudo 8. 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