Boston Architectural College Celebrates Presidential Investiture

Community gathers to formally invest Glen S. LeRoy as seventh president

BAC student representatives welcome President LeRoy at investiture ceremony

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Boston Architectural College (BAC) today celebrated new leadership with the official Presidential Investiture of Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP. More than 200 guests came together as a community at The Harvard Club of Boston to celebrate the BAC's next chapter, which will be led by LeRoy as the College's seventh president.

Delegates representing higher education and professional associations marched in the investiture procession, joined by members of the BAC's internal community, including student representatives, deans, vice presidents, and members of the Board of Trustees. Delegates from the higher education community included esteemed presidents and leaders of universities and colleges in Boston and beyond. Among those representing the professional associations marched president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Elizabeth Chu Richter, who also provided a greeting.

Dana Rowan, chair of the BAC's Board of Trustees, led the historic ceremony, which was started off with a welcome from Massachusetts State Representative Jay Livingstone. Guests included Boston city councilors; fellow higher education and design field leaders; and family, friends, and colleagues of LeRoy from across the country.

Rowan started the ceremony with a brief history of the BAC, then looked forward to the College's future.

"The mission of education by its very nature is always a work in progress," said Rowan. "And thus the BAC must continue to build on its proud history, engaging the talents of thoughtful leadership, exceptional faculty, and inspired students."

The BAC's students were a main focus of the ceremony, with a greeting from Bachelor of Architecture candidate Rand Lemley. Joined on stage by three of his peers, each representing a different school, Rand identified the BAC's inclusive and supportive community as what make it a special place to study and grow as a designer.

"We have open admissions that give a chance, and in some cases, a second chance, for students to pursue quality design education," said Rand. "I migrated from Texas to Boston, sight unseen, three years ago with only two foot lockers of possessions. Through the rigor of the BAC and the support of my peers in design, I am working at a premier architecture firm in the city while two years away from graduation."

BAC alumni also welcomed and addressed the audience. Stephen Messinger, Master of Architecture graduate, class of 2011, and current Alumni Board president, spoke on behalf of the alumni body and expressed excitement about working together with LeRoy. Carole Wedge, Bachelor of Architecture, class of 1990, and president of Shepley Bulfinch, represented the design firms as she spoke about the value and impact of the BAC.

"The BAC stands for excellence and relevance, and the relationship between practice and education is in our DNA," Carole said. "The architects of Boston came together to found the BAC and have been employers, teachers, and advocates for students and excellence in design education ever since. We want Glen and the whole BAC community to know that Boston's design practice is committed to a successful future together."

Other greetings came from the BAC's Director of Liberal Studies and faculty member Victoria Hallinan and the Executive Director of Professional Arts Consortium (ProArts) Ross Bresler, who welcomed LeRoy to the ProArts family, which is comprised of seven Boston-area colleges dedicated to the visual and performing arts.

LeRoy brings years of experience in higher education to his new role as BAC president. He served as the dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) for 10 years, where he demonstrated a proven commitment to increasing enrollment, planning and implementing a strategic vision, and supporting a diverse student body. Paired with this, LeRoy was a principal at the architectural and design firm Gould Evans Associates for 15 years. This combination of experience in both the classroom and the design field represents his commitment to practice-based learning, which is the core of the BAC experience. 

As the ceremony came to a close, President LeRoy concluded the investiture with a simple, yet powerful, remark:

"The Boston Architectural College is the right school at the right time, in the right city to enhance, and perhaps reinvent, practice-based design education in the 21st Century. I ask that you join us in this worthy endeavor."