The University of the Arts to Celebrate the Inauguration of President Sean T. Buffington

Wed Apr 2, 2008 12:25pm EDT

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PHILADELPHIA--(Business Wire)--
The University of the Arts (UArts) will celebrate the inauguration
of former Harvard University arts administrator Sean T. Buffington as
its president with an investiture ceremony on Friday, April 18, 2008,
at 11 a.m. in the Merriam Theater (250 S. Broad St.). A member of the
Philadelphia Art Commission, Buffington assumed the UArts post on
August 15, 2007, and is the third president of the University, an
institution with roots dating back to 1868.

   The University's Transfusion and Big Band ensembles will perform
jazz versions of standards in addition to original compositions. The
University will bestow an honorary doctorate of fine arts upon one of
its most distinguished alumni, jazz legend Stanley Clarke. A native of
Philadelphia, Clarke studied double bass at the Philadelphia Musical
Academy, now The University of the Arts, and went on to earn to earn a
Grammy Award, several other Grammy and Emmy nominations, and a place
at the top of numerous reader and critic polls during his nearly
40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He's also become one of the most
in-demand composers in Hollywood.

   Following the ceremony, the University's Second Line New Orleans
Ensemble will lead a recessional of dignitaries, students, faculty and
staff south on Broad St. to Gershman Hall for a celebration. In
addition to the spirited jazz music, the post-inauguration events will
feature giant puppets constructed by UArts students and Spiral Q
Puppet Theater.

   A native of La Plata, Md., Buffington graduated summa cum laude
from Harvard College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
and American literature and Afro-American studies. He was a Harvard
College National Scholar and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society. A Regents Fellow, Buffington earned his Master of Art degree
in American culture from the University of Michigan in 1994.

   Named Harvard's Associate Provost for Arts and Culture and
Director of Cultural Programs in 2005, Buffington oversaw arts
activities and planning for the cultural elements of Harvard's new
campus in Allston, Mass. As the University's principal representative
to arts and cultural institutions in the Boston region, he was
responsible for overseeing Harvard's Tony-award winning American
Repertory Theatre; the Harvard University Art Museums; and Villa I
Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

   The University of the Arts is the nation's first and only
university dedicated to the visual, performing and communication arts.
Its 2,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs
on its campus in the heart of Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. The
institution's roots as a leader in educating creative individuals date
back to 1868.

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The University of the Arts (UArts)
News Media Contact:
Kevin Kaufman, Media Relations Manager
215-717-6504 (office) or 215-651-6551

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