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Presidential Search

New England Conservatory is proud to partner with the Aspen Leadership Group in our search for a President. NEC seeks a visionary leader to build on its 150-year history of excellence and innovation in educating musicians.

Aspen Leadership Group focuses exclusively on search and talent management in the field of philanthropy. Recognized leaders in the field recruit and provide counsel to other leaders and emerging leaders, building enduring, productive relationships and supporting exceptional careers.
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Find the prospectus here.

Presidential Search Committee
Clint Bajakian '87 B.M.NEC alumnus; NEC Trustee; Creative Director/Senior Composer, Pyramind Studios
Suzanne HeglandDean 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
Kairyn L. RainerChief of Staff, NEC
Sally L. RubinNEC Trustee; 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 parent; Senior Advisor, 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 NovakInterim President, Provost and Dean, NEC