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The Inauguration of David P. Nelson


David P. Nelson, Ph.D was inaugurated as the 12th President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Friday, October 20, 2017 after a two-week schedule of inaugural events celebrating MassArt's legacy and its future. 

Download the Inaugural Events Media Alert, and read more about President Nelson.

ceremony program

Dr. Maura Smyth
Chair, Inauguration Committee
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts

The Presidency at MassArt
Dr. Lyssa Palu-ay '01
Interim Provost

with Dr. Robert Gerst
Professor of Liberal Arts



"Worded: A Poem for MassArt"
Cheryl Clark
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts 


Reflections on MassArt
Dr. Beth Balliro '99
Associate Professor of Art Education
Elisa Hamilton '07
Multimedia Artist, MassArt Trustee 


"For MassArt"
Michaela Mann '18 BFA Painting 


Investiture of the 12th President
Dr. Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 


Presentation of the Medallion
Pamela Parisi '67, Chair, MassArt Board of Trustees
with Taylor Cheek '18 BFA Glass
and Howard Larosee '06, Executive Director of Facilities Planning, Local President, Association of Professional Administrators 


Inaugural Address
President David P. Nelson

Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts
Acting President, Massachusetts State College Association, MassArt Chapter 


experience the inauguration


Download "the Presidency at MassArt"