Bruce McPherson came to New England Conservatory in 1984 to chair the liberal arts department, and remained here until his retirement in 2007. Shortly after his arrival, NEC secured a $182,780 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support McPherson's work on restructuring and upgrading NEC's liberal arts curriculum, with core courses in the humanities and sciences, and an academic skills program focusing on writing, thinking, and computing.
McPherson grew up and was educated in Australia. In North America, he taught at Simon Fraser University and Boston University. He has published books and articles on a wide range of subjects including intellectual history, educational policy, social policy, psychoanalysis, film, and Australian history. He was a Mellon Fellow at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies and was awarded major grants from the NEH and the Lilly Foundation. While at NEC, he coauthored the book Measure by Measure: A History of New England Conservatory from 1867 with his liberal arts faculty colleague James Klein.
B.A., M.A., Australian National University; Dip. Ed., Sydney University; Ed.D., Harvard University.