President’s inauguration kicks off with video

by Tyler Deffebach / Beacon Correspondent • September 13, 2012

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President M. Lee Pelton addresses the crowd in the Bill Bordy
President M. Lee Pelton addresses the crowd in the Bill Bordy

At the kick-off event for the two-day-long inauguration of President M. Lee Pelton, attendees were shown a comedic video featuring Pelton visiting various locations on campus, which culminated in his arrival on the stage of the Bill Bordy Theater.
“I love this place,” said Pelton during the opening event last night. “I spent the first year learning and getting to know students and faculty, what our hopes and aspirations are for the future, and on Friday, I will be talking about our vision, which is to ensure that Emerson becomes the world’s leading institution of higher education in the arts and communication.”
President Pelton—the college’s 12th president—will be officially replacing Jacqueline Liebergott, who filled the position for 19 years until her retirement in 2011.
Pelton officially took office in July of last year after leaving his position as president of Willamette University in Salem, Oreg., where he served for 13 years. After arriving in Boston and settling into the newly-acquired president’s residence in Beacon Hill, Pelton began to serve as the acting college president.
This morning, Pelton will host a discussion in the Semel Theater along with the presidents of six other institutions, that with Emerson, comprise the ProArts Consortium.
Pelton will then host a faculty symposium on the Paramount Mainstage at 2 p.m. He will finish the day with a student and faculty showcase at 5 p.m., also on the Paramount Mainstage.
On Friday the President’s Installation Ceremony and a community reception will take place in the Cutler Majestic Theater.