Parent Magazine

A Letter from the Dean of Students and the Chairman of the Parents Leadership Council

Jeanne Knox

Kenneth Elmore

Dear Parents,

We hope your student enjoyed the spring semester. It was an exciting one!

We’ve hosted so many special guests on campus recently, and we wanted to share a few highlights with you. Actress Geena Davis (CFA’79, Hon.’99) was on campus to receive the Bette Davis Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive film career and her work with the Institute on Gender in Media. As part of the University’s Arts Initiative, Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater visited the Tsai Center for a free concert and performed “Cotton Tail” for BU jazz fans. Senator Elizabeth Warren joined over 100 students to discuss important issues in higher education, such as student debt and declining research funds from the National Institutes of Health. More recently, Joshua DuBois (CAS’03), former special assistant to President Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, returned to BU to discuss faith, poverty, and politics in the United States.

With another successful Commencement behind us, our campus remains vibrant as Summer Term classes begin and we prepare for Orientation and, of course, the upcoming fall semester. We are looking forward to many new beginnings as we welcome the Class of 2018, such as the opening of the Pardee School of Global Studies as well as hosting more of our first MOOCs (massive open online courses). You’ll read about these exciting initiatives, see a few aerial vehicles, and so much more in this issue of Parent.

Please share your comments and ask questions—we look forward to hearing from you!

With best wishes,

Kenneth Elmore (SED’87)
Dean of Students

Jeanne Knox
Chairman, Parents Leadership Council
Mother of Merrill (COM’06) and Bobby (CGS’08, SAR’10, SPH’12)