NEC SealWith the search for a new, visionary leader, New England Conservatory prepares for the future of the institution.

To that end, NEC's Search Committee was carefully selected to represent a variety of stakeholders, perspectives, and musical disciplines. Unlike conventional searches, a particular focus of the Committee's work will be consulting with Advisory Groups that represent various aspects of the music field, which will help shape the Committee’s definition of the candidate that can lead NEC in the critical work of preparing its students to be 21st-century musicians and citizen-artists. The Advisory Groups will include students and alumni, faculty, educators, arts leaders, and music industry professionals.

New England Conservatory’s search committee is being assisted in this process by Spencer Stuart, a global search firm, and welcomes comments, nominations, or expressions of interest. To contact the committee, please send an e-mail with any supporting materials to the confidential address:

Find the Position and Candidate Specification here.

Committed to its role as a facilitator of NEC’s broad future aspirations, the Committee welcomes feedback and suggestions. Please e-mail:

Presidential Search Committee
Clint Bajakian '87 B.M.NEC alumnus; NEC Trustee; Creative Director/Senior Composer, Pyramind Studios
Leslie Wu FoleyChief Strategy Officer and Dean of the Preparatory School & School of Continuing Education, NEC
Edward Guo '08 B.M.NEC alumnus; Founder, IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project); Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Suzanne HeglandAssociate Dean of Students, NEC
Nicholas Kitchen '92 A.D.NEC alumnus; NEC faculty; Founding member, Borromeo String Quartet, NEC ensemble-in-residence
Joshua MajorChair of Opera Studies, NEC
Thomas B. McGrathNEC Trustee; Chief Operating Officer, STX Entertainment
Efstratios Minakakis '04 M.M.NEC alumnus; NEC faculty, Music Theory
Nedelka Prescod '12 M.M.NEC alumna; NEC faculty, Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Studies
Kairyn L. RainerChief of Staff, New England Conservatory
Sally L. RubinNEC Overseer; former NEC Preparatory School and current NEC College parent; Director of Investments, Planned Giving, BNY Mellon
Richard SvobodaNEC faculty; NEC Preparatory School and College parent; Principal Bassoon, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Michael Thonis, ChairNEC Trustee; former NEC Preparatory School and current NEC College parent; Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners
Ex Officio Members
Thomas W. BlumenthalVice Chair and Treasurer, NEC Board of Trustees; Partner, Co-Head Private Investment Group, The Baupost Group
Kennett F. BurnesChair, NEC Board of Trustees; Lead Director, State Street Corporation
Thomas NovakProvost and Dean of the College, NEC