By Larry Simpson, Provost
After 17 years as Berklee’s President, Roger Brown is stepping down at the end of this month, which means his final day is fast upon us. I have worked alongside Roger for 16 of these years and can truly say that through Roger’s leadership, Berklee is a more dynamic place where students thrive, where new ideas come to life, and where there is a shared commitment to the value of the arts. His many achievements are summarized here. Please take a moment to share your personal thoughts, reflections, and congratulations with Roger in the comments below.
To kick things off, here’s Quincy Jones ’51 ’83H, one of Berklee’s earliest and most decorated alumni, with some thoughts on Roger’s legacy:
“As a proud Berklee alum—from back in the day when it was Lawrence and Lee Berk’s the Schillinger House!—it makes my soul smile to see how far this incredible institution has come under Roger Brown’s care and guidance. From increasing scholarship support, to creating international programs, to making music more accessible to ALL types of students, he is an absolute one of a kind with a REAL heart for music education. It has been an incredible honor to know Roger throughout his time as president of Berklee, and I can attest to the fact that he has helped to cultivate a community of TRUE musicians, because he himself is a true musician and an all-around great human being. I know he will be greatly missed in the Berklee community, but I know that the impact he has made will carry on far and wide throughout the rest of our time on this planet! Big-time love and props to you my brotha from anotha motha who has always been there, ready to care and willing to share; thank you for your dedication and filling this world with a bit more love and music. God bless you.” —Quincy Jones
Lawrence J. Simpson, Ph.D., Provost
Berklee College of Music