BAC Announces Board of Trustees Chair

Dana C. Rowan takes on the leadership of the Board

Dana Rowen

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is pleased to announce Dana C. Rowan as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Dana is Managing Partner of the Exeter Companies, a Boston-based real estate investment, development and advisory firm. He brings more than 30 years of commercial real estate investment and development experience, as well his experience as a BAC Board of Trustees member for more than five years, to his new role as Board Chair.

"Dana has shown a strong commitment to the Boston Architectural College over the course of his impressive tenure at the College," said Marc Pelletier, current Board of Trustees member and past Board of Trustees Chair. "I proudly and with great confidence pass the responsibility of this role to Dana and look forward to working with him as a member of the Board of Trustees."

Dana has been on the BAC's Board of Trustees since 2009 and has served as Vice Chair since 2013. He is a member of several board committees including Development, Nominations, and Real Estate. In 2014 he formed the Committee on Engagement and Leadership, a board committee that develops practices and strategies to attract, orient, train, organize, motivate, and assess the performance of trustees and overseers.

"It is an honor to serve the BAC as chair of the Board of Trustees," said Dana. "I am eager to work together with all of the Trustees as well as the BAC community and beyond to lead and support the College during this exciting time."

Dana is the former national chairman of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), as well as the former chairman of NAIOP's Massachusetts Chapter. He is currently Director Emeritus of NAIOP, a former national chairman of NAIOP's Tax and Finance Committee, and a founder and former director of NAIOP's Research Foundation. He is also active with the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), and the Real Estate Finance Association.

Dana is also involved with other academic institutions, including serving as a member of the alumni steering committee of the Harvard University Real Estate Academic Initiative and serving as a national councilor of Dartmouth College's Alumni Council. Dana is also a former chairman of the Harvard Kennedy School's global alumni association, a former director of the university's Harvard Alumni Association and a former advisory board member of Harvard's Center for State and Local Government and its Center for Business and Government.

Dana holds a Bachelor's degree in geography from Dartmouth College, a Master's degree in finance and urban economic development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from Boston University's School of Management. He has been a resident of Back Bay in Boston for over thirty years.

Taking over Dana's former position as Vice Chair of the Board is Stephen Bell, who has been on the BAC's Board of Directors since 2013.

The BAC is also pleased to announce three new Members of the Board of Directors:

Joe Albanese

Joe Albanese

Commodore Builders
Joe Albanese is the founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, a construction management firm based in Newton, MA. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, with a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University....more.

Howard Elkus

Howard Elkus

Elkus Manfredi
Howard Elkus is an internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer responsible for the design of numerous widely acknowledged landmark projects during his distinguished career. Since co-founding Elkus Manfredi Architects in 1988, and previously as a principal of The Architects Collaborative, Howard's work has consistently broken new ground with diverse project types from single buildings to urban master plans on a grand scale...more.

Marcella Lancome

Marcella Lancome

Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc.
Marcella Lancome is President and CEO of Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc., a construction management consulting firm that she founded in 1988. Before her role at Coast and Harbor Associates, she served as a senior executive for the Massachusetts Department of Public Works and the Massachusetts Port Authority...more.