First named deanship announced

first_imgIn recognition of the long, sustained support of Paul B. Edgerley, M.B.A. ’83, and Sandra Matejic Edgerley ’84, M.B.A. ’89, Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History, announced that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) deanship will be named in honor of the Edgerley family. This is the first of Harvard’s deanships to be named.“Paul and Sandy Edgerley have been so very generous with their time and resources in support of the University, and we are deeply grateful for their unwavering commitment,” said Faust. “The Edgerley Family Deanship is a fitting recognition of their efforts to help Harvard lead in research and teaching for generations to come.”Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is the current Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The most recent support from the Edgerleys will endow the deanship, covering the salary and other administrative costs for the position while helping to maintain and strengthen the leadership of FAS going forward. The philanthropic leadership of the Edgerley family enables Smith and future deans to support key priorities with the flexibility to innovate and to meet emerging needs and opportunities.Since the start of his deanship in 2007, Smith has led the School through unprecedented fiscal challenges brought on by the recent national recession. In spite of these financial restraints, Smith ensured Harvard not only maintained but also expanded its leading financial aid program, ensuring that admitted students can afford to attend the College regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. He has also nurtured the further development of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, established a shared faculty commitment to excellence in teaching, cultivated and expanded undergraduate research and opportunities for active learning, forged new partnerships to advance online learning, and re-envisioned the undergraduate House system to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.A member of the Faculty since 1992, Smith is known for his innovative work on computing systems, particularly on issues involving a detailed knowledge of both the hardware and software in sophisticated systems.“The Edgerleys firmly believe that the greatness of this institution rests in unlocking the potential of its amazing people, and their substantial generosity has benefited many faculty and students over the years,” Smith said. “Their support has removed financial barriers for our students, enabled cutting-edge teaching and learning in our classrooms, and opened new directions in faculty-driven research. I am deeply grateful to Sandy and Paul for their support of my office and for partnering with me to advance priorities that will positively impact the entire FAS for generations to come.”The Edgerleys currently serve on a committee of co-chairs for both The Harvard Campaign and The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences, the FAS component of the University’s effort.The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences is an effort to engage the School’s alumni and friends, share the dean’s vision for the future of FAS, and build support for a number of priorities, including financial aid, House renewal and student experience, faculty and scholarly enterprise, leading in learning, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The announcement of the endowed deanship was made Saturday at Assembly, which annually convenes volunteers and donors to The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences, the largest component of the The Harvard Campaign.Paul Edgerley is a managing director of Bain Capital, a private equity firm, which he joined in 1988.Sandra Edgerley worked at Bain & Co. for a decade, and has since devoted her time and energy to many Boston-area philanthropic endeavors.last_img read more

Rachel Tucker & Jonah Platt Start Performances in Wicked

first_img View Comments from $95.00 Wicked Related Shows Rejoicify! Rachel Tucker will start going green on the Great White Way on September 15. The U.K. Wicked favorite, who made her Broadway debut last season in The Last Ship, will assume the role of Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre, taking over for Caroline Bowman. Also beginning performances that day is Jonah Platt, who steps in for Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero.In addition to Wicked in the U.K. and The Last Ship on Broadway, Tucker starred in the West End production of We Will Rock You, as well as London stagings of Farragut North and Communicating Doors. Though she had been singing in pubs and clubs since the age of 10, Tucker first hit the scene as a semi-finalist in the reality competition I’d Do Anything, a BBC series searching for a Nancy in the West End’s Oliver!.Platt has appeared on the Los Angeles stage in Scream: The Unauthorized Musical Parody, American Idiot, Hair, Floyd Collins and Bare. He’s the older brother of Broadway alum and kite enthusiast Ben Platt.The two join a cast that includes Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Michele Lee as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as the Wizard, Arielle Jacobs as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.Jonah Plattlast_img read more

Participate in vote for sale of park land

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the upcoming land sale vote in Clifton Park: I will be voting yes on Proposal #1 on Dec. 5 and hope that everyone else will do the same.If this proposal is approved, the 37 acres (increased from 34) in the heart of the Shenendehowa school district will be preserved as a “central park.” The sale of this property will benefit generations to come.Earlier this year, residents of the school district spoke with a strong voice when voting down the sale to a private developer. That was first step to preserving this property. Now to transfer ownership and create a park, we need to approve the sale from the school district to the town of Clifton Park.Please help plan for a balanced future for the community. Participate and vote yes.Patricia SchwankertClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Game 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more