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Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton

Analysis: turnover following presidential departures

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
December 14, 2021

Since the departure of former President M. Lee Pelton, Emerson has seen a number of key individuals cut their ties with the college—many of them amicably, others less so. The string of exits have raised...

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

Letter: How Juneteenth became a staff holiday at Emerson

By Illona Yukhayev
June 16, 2021

Illona Yukhayev (illona_yukhayev@emerson.edu) is an Instructional Technologist at Emerson. When she’s not busy helping faculty build their Canvas courses, she is happy to talk to anyone about labor....

President M. Lee Pelton responds to community unrest following COVID-19 pandemic.

“Leaders need to know when to leave”: Pelton departs Emerson presidency for Boston Foundation

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
June 1, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton’s fondest memories from his decade at the helm of Emerson are those marked by beginnings.  “The thing that even now moves me emotionally is seeing students on opening days,”...

President M. Lee Pelton will head a Boston committee tasked with combating racism and inequality.

President Pelton and other college officials condemn Anti-Asian hate crimes committed in Georgia Tuesday

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
March 17, 2021

President M. Lee Pelton and other high ranking administrators condemned the three shootings that occurred in Atlanta, Georgia last night, resulting in the deaths of eight people, six of whom were Asian...

First year students left to right: Carrie Aubin, Chloe Shaar, Eva Charbonnnier, and Isabella Espejo, calling their parents about the colleges decision to shut the Boston campus down.

Emerson students reflect on the moment they knew life would change

By Charlie McKenna
March 17, 2021

Six Emerson students, now a year into a first-in-a-century pandemic, recalled the moments when they realized life was not going to return to “normal” anytime soon.  For some, that moment came quickly—when...

President M. Lee Pelton.

Emerson taps Storbeck Search to find President Lee Pelton’s replacement

By Dana Gerber and Frankie Rowley
January 22, 2021

Emerson tapped Storbeck Search, an executive search firm that specializes in leadership hiring for education and nonprofits, to assist the board of trustees in hiring the college’s 13th President on...

Title IX working group takes questions before finalizing recommendations

Title IX working group takes questions before finalizing recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
December 9, 2020

The Presidential Working Group addressed questions from the Emerson community about its revised draft of findings about the college’s Title IX processes and additional sexual misconduct policy concerns...

The outside of the Title IX office in the Massachusetts Transportation Building.

Title IX working group presents minimal changes in second draft of recommendations

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
December 2, 2020

The Presidential Working Group that is responsible for reviewing Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy made minimal changes to its initial suggestions in a second draft of findings released ahead of Thanksgiving...

Emerson seniors Angel Salcedo and Khary Higgins hosted the first episode of HATE: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Left to right: Miranda Andreson, Angel Salcedo, Josh Zakim, and Khary Higgins.

Team Harmony web series strives to educate and fight against hate

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
November 23, 2020

The international non-profit Team Harmony debuted a new web series against hate, titled “HATE: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?,” in collaboration with Emerson’s Communication Studies Department and several...

Senior Tatiana Melendez, pictured second from the left in the top row, said she was looking forward to celebrating Commencement with her friends.
Top Row (left to right): Jonah Puskar, Ann Zhang, Raz Moayed.
Bottom Row (left to right): Melissa Leslie, Lily Scher.

Seniors hoping to walk in May face altered plans as COVID-19 spreads

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 25, 2020

Senior Tatiana Melendez found out there wouldn't be a traditional 2020 Commencement weekend only a week after her ELA classes moved online and she had to move back home due to the rapid spread of COVID-19.  “I’m...

President M. Lee Pelton.

College plans to issue partial credit for room and board, not tuition

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 19, 2020

While Emerson will be issuing partial credit for room and board charges for the spring semester due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, no tuition refunds will be issued, according...

Super Happy Fun America President John Hugo (center) and organizers Samson Racioppi (right) and Mark Sahady spoke at the Thursday night press conference. Montse Landeros / Beacon Correspondent

Parade organizers raise safety concerns following Pelton’s statement

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
August 29, 2019

Straight Pride Parade organizer Samson Racioppi said at a press conference Thursday night that President M. Lee Pelton put parade organizers at risk by denouncing the parade to the Emerson community.  The...

Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton

UPDATED: Pelton denounces Straight Pride Parade in community email

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor
August 28, 2019

President M. Lee Pelton released a statement today condemning the Straight Pride Parade scheduled to pass by Emerson’s campus on Saturday, August 31.  The parade, which received a permit from the...

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