School’s first ‘dean emeritus’ focusing on community outreach and partnerships
Thursday, October 24, 2013
In his new role, Stan will help usher in implementation of programs at the university’s $46 million Lunder Arts Center now under construction in Porter Square, and reach out to local public schools, community arts organizations, and other universities for collaborative opportunities. Trecker will also serve as an ambassador for the work of the College of Art and Design, as well the arts-related programming at Lesley’s three other schools, the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.
“The trustees recognized an unprecedented opportunity to honor Stan’s distinguished career of service and innovation in the arts and, at the same time, benefit from his institutional knowledge and stellar professional reputation to ensure the best possible future for the College of Art and Design,” said Deborah Raizes, chair of the university’s board of trustees. “We can’t imagine a better ambassador for our future-focused arts center, as well as the school’s record of artistic excellence.”
As dean of Lesley University’s College of Art and Design — the new name of The Art Institute of Boston, which for 100 years has helped shape the vision and career paths of artists — Stan oversaw the creation of the college’s first MFA program, as well as programs in animation and other high-tech arts innovations, while remaining true to the school’s more traditional visual arts media.
“Design, animation, photography and illustration are driven by digital technology,” Stan explained, “but even traditional fine artists are using technology, as well. As a result, we’ve been developing new majors in digital filmmaking, and I expect that work to continue.”
Stan was president of The Art Institute of Boston from 1991 through 1998, when the school merged with Lesley. After serving as president of Montserrat College in Beverly, Mass., he returned to Lesley as the art school’s dean. He has also been executive director of The Photographic Resource Center in Boston, a nonprofit arts organization serving New England, and is an officer or board member of several other arts organizations.
“Stan Trecker has been committed for decades to art students, faculty and the ever-expanding arts communities throughout Greater Boston,” said Lesley University President Joseph B. Moore. “Stan has been integral to the success and growth of art programs at Lesley and his continued involvement is critical to the success of our new Lunder Arts Center, and our vision to serve as the foundation of Cambridge’s Porter Square Arts District.”
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