Getting acclimated and settling into your new surroundings is a process, but it is made much easier when everyone is so warm and welcoming. Since my arrival this summer as Emerson’s 13th President, I’ve been getting acquainted with this incredible institution and meeting extensively with our leadership and staff. Since the end of August, I’ve enjoyed meeting our faculty and new and returning students.

I’ve also loved connecting with Emerson’s alumni. I enjoyed meeting those who returned to campus this summer for Reunion, and more recently, I’ve met many at alumni events we’ve held in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. I’m looking forward to seeing even more alumni and friends at other events in cities near you—with more coming soon!

In my travels and conversations, I have quickly learned that Emersonians are not only world-class communicators and artists but also doers, advocates, and leaders. In the following pages, you can read about alumni who are doing, advocating, and leading in exciting and impactful ways. For instance, you can read about Emersonians taking action to protect one of our most precious resources: books. Other alumni are exploring how journalism has evolved and what it means for our College. You can also learn about new additions to our community, including Allison Dawson, our new vice president for Institutional Advancement.

This issue of Expression highlights some of the people who exemplify what Emerson is all about.

It is an honor and a privilege to lead this incredible institution, and I am grateful to the Emersonians who came before me for stewarding the College so thoughtfully. Now, as we plan for the future of Emerson, I will be looking to the members of our community for input, ideas, and inspiration. Luckily, I’ve already learned that Emersonians have an endless supply of great ideas!

Thank you for the many ways you support our College and our community of doers, advocates, and leaders. I’m so excited about what comes next, and I hope you are, too.

Respectfully yours,
Jay M. Bernhardt

CategoriesFall 2023