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Emerson community to celebrate Liebergott's leadership

Jacqueline Liebergott

Alison O'Leary-Murray
February 11, 2011

A series of events in Boston and across the country will celebrate the many contributions made by President Jacqueline Liebergott to secure Emerson College’s future.

“It’s easy to say Emerson College wouldn’t be what it is today without Jacqueline Liebergott,” said Trustee and faculty member Kevin Bright ’76, executive producer of the television series Friends. “Now after 18 years, it’s Emerson’s turn to say thank you, and we hope to do it in a way that Jackie will remember forever.”

During Liebergott’s 18 years as president, the College has been transformed and is now widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier schools for the study of communication and the arts.

“When you walk through the campus, you see and feel the vibrancy and the brand. Emerson is on top in communication and the arts, and it’s all because of Jackie.”

There will be a free, ticketed, campus-wide celebration and tribute for students, faculty, staff, and community leaders on April 21 at the Paramount Mainstage. Details on the ticketing process will be shared with the community closer to the event.

Other opportunities for Emersonians to thank President Liebergott include:

  • The LA Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on March 3;
  • A Los Angeles reception at Kevin Bright’s home co-hosted by actor and author Henry Winkler ’67 on March 5;
  • An invitation-only dinner in Boston for leadership donors to the Liebergott Scholarship Fund on March 17;
  • The President’s Society gala in Boston on March 26;
  • A New York reception at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics hosted by entrepreneur and Trustee Bobbi Brown ’79 on April 13;
  • A Washington, D.C., reception on April 27; and
  • An Alumni Weekend tribute to President Liebergott on June 4.

Liebergott is the College’s first female president, and the 11th overall in Emerson’s 131-year history. Among other things, she is credited with expanding the student body and nearly doubling the faculty, and successfully relocating the entire College from the Back Bay to a state-of-the-art new campus on Boston Common and the historic Theatre District. She will be succeeded on July 1 by President-elect Lee Pelton.

President Liebergott and students

President Liebergott and students.

“The results are remarkable,” said Emerson Alumni Association President Robert Friend ’79. “It’s not just our incredible facilities, it’s the curriculum, the faculty and staff, and the students. When you walk through the campus, you see and feel the vibrancy and the brand. Emerson is on top in communication and the arts, and it’s all because of Jackie.”

To learn more about the events celebrating Liebergott’s tenure, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 617-824-8542.

Commencement

President Liebergott at Commencement

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President Liebergott at a welcoming party for Jay Leno, who visited the Emerson campus