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David Scott Sloan, Esq., Appointed Chairman of Board of Trustees

The Boston Conservatory has announced that Holland & Knight attorney David Scott Sloan, Esq., has been appointed Chairman of the Conservatory’s Board of Trustees. Sloan assumed the position as Chairman at the Board’s meeting on May 15, 2014. Sloan has been a member of the Board of Trustees for six years and previously served as vice-chairman. 

As a partner at Holland & Knight, Sloan represents high-net-worth individuals in all aspects of succession planning and wealth transfer. He designs and implements strategies to assist these clients in their philanthropic and financial planning goals. Sloan is cochair of Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services Group, the largest trusts and estates practice in the United States. He is also a deputy section leader for the firm's Business Section and served on the firm’s Board of Directors for nine years. 

Sloan takes over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the middle of the Conservatory’s 150th Anniversary Campaign: Exceeding Expectations, which is intended to raise $21 million for capital projects, operating budget and endowment. Announced in February, the campaign is the most ambitious fundraising program in the school’s history, designed to ensure that the nation’s oldest performing arts conservatory will continue to lead in music, dance and theater education. 

"David has been an active participant in all of the terrific initiatives that have advanced the Conservatory these last six years and we are so very grateful that he has taken up the Chairman's position for these next exciting years," said Richard Ortner, president of The Boston Conservatory. "David's expertise in planning, his understanding of the complex and fluid higher education landscape, and his keen appreciation of the Conservatory's unique contributions locally and nationally will be invaluable to the entire Conservatory community." 

The Boston Conservatory will soon open its new building at 132 Ipswich Street, designed as rehearsal, teaching and performance space. The Ipswich building will be an integral part of the Fenway Cultural District, home to many of the City’s top cultural institutions. It is scheduled to be completed for classes this fall. 

In addition, the Conservatory has just announced the Conservatory College, a new academic division offering degree programs complementary to its core performance disciplines of music, dance and musical theater. The Conservatory College addresses new but related areas of student interest, including contemporary theater, multidisciplinary stage management and music education programs that focus on the special skills needed in teaching music to individuals on the autism spectrum. 

“The Boston Conservatory aims to be at the forefront of how future generations create and engage with the arts, and as a board, we need not only to respond, but to lead,” said Sloan. “We want to continue to impact our communities through the transformative power of art, and to be thought leaders in building both a curriculum and an institution that address that future in innovative and groundbreaking ways.” 

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