AAAE 2020 Board Re-Election
Larry Epstein, Current AAAE Board Member up for Re-Election into 2nd Term
Bio: Larry Epstein is a Teaching Professor and Director of Special Projects for the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. He served as Head of the college's Department of Arts and Entertainment Enterprise from 2012-2018 and as Director of the BS in Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) since the program was launched in 2006 until 2012. From 2003-2006, he was the college's Assistant Dean, where he led the College's strategic planning process and developed strategic partnerships with regional entertainment companies. He has also played an active role in curriculum development and teaches in the college's EAM and Television Management programs. Larry is a member of several university committees including the Steinbright Faculty Advisory committee, and the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life. Larry was Drexel's 2009 Faculty Member of the Year, recognized by Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center. He also serves as faculty advisor to WKDU-FM/wkdu.org and the Entertainment & Arts Society (EAS).
His career also includes 25 years in financial, technical and strategic planning roles in television management including 14 years with CBS, Inc. and 10 years as a senior level executive in companies serving the television industry.
Larry currently serves as a Board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), a non-profit that serves the international community of college professors who teach in the fields of entertainment & arts management. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cornell Media Guild, a non-profit dedicated to preparing college students for careers in the media industry and serves as an advisor to an endowment at Marketing Edge, a non-profit foundation whose vision is to launch the next generation of marketing executives. Larry holds an MBA and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.
Position Statement for Re-Election: I’m excited to run for re-election to the AAAE Board of Directors. As some of you know, my background includes 16 years in higher education, including three as Assistant Dean and 13 as a professor in an undergraduate entertainment & arts management program, six of which were as Program Director and another six as Department Head. My most meaningful contributions include:
- Undergraduate Standards –I chaired (and then co-chaired) AAAE’s Undergraduate Standards Committee. The drafting process took three years and incorporated feedback from members and external reviewers. Those standards were approved and published in 2018.
- Finance –I currently serve on AAAE’s Finance Committee which is the primary body responsible for overseeing and analyzing the Association’s financial condition. This is where I have contributed my 25 years of prior experience as a financial executive. I joined the committee after asking too many financial questions at AAAE Board meetings!
- Leadership – I have utilized my experience in strategic planning and finance (including 20 years as a board member of another higher-ed focused non-profit) to co-facilitate sessions at AAAE Board meetings on the topics of conference planning and financial sustainability. Both sessions were well received and resulted in implementation of meaningful discussions and actions.
Finally, as any other AAAE Board member will tell you, I have been an active contributor to discussions on just about every topic that has come before the Board. I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue to represent the membership of this wonderful organization.