For the first time in the 75-year history of the Berrklee College of Music, the institution willl be led by a woman.
Erica Muhl, who previously led music and arts schools at the University of Southern California, in July will replace outgoing college president Roger Brown, who is stepping down after 17 years as president.
In addition to being the first woman to lead the college, Muhl will be only the fourth president in Berklee’s history.
At USC, Muhl served as dean of the university’s art and design school and as associate dean of its music school. In 2013, she became founding director of a USC school that combines art, technology and business.
Her musical works have been commissioned and performed by groups including Minnesota Opera and the New World Symphony, according to Berklee.
Trustee Marty Mannion, who led the presidential search, said Muhl’s “experience as a strong, seasoned leader who has innovated and managed in times of change uniquely places her to lead Berklee into a new era.”
Muhl in a statement gave thanks to Brown and Berklee’s trustees, saying “the institution you have all built has no equal.”
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