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Gov. Patrick appoints expert in African-American culture, music to MassBay trustee board

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  August 20, 2013 01:33 PM

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Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Framingham resident and Northeastern University music professor Dr. Emmett G. Price III to the MassBay Community College Board of Trustees, according to school officials.

Price is one of the nation’s leading experts on African-American music, culture and religion, school officials said in a statement. His most recent work includes "writing, lecturing and conducting cutting-edge research on bridging the generational divide," the school said. He currently serves as an associate professor of music at Northeastern University and served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008 to 2012.

A professional musician, Price has also performed for audiences throughout the region and abroad.

MassBay President John O’Donnell said he is delighted to welcome Price to the college's board, describing him as "an accomplished scholar and enlightened community member."

“Dr. Price brings a unique blend of academic, cultural and business perspective to our board,” O'Donnell said.

Price said in the statement that he was eager to begin working on furthering the MassBay mission.

“I fully embrace the important role community colleges play for people in Massachusetts who are trying to make better lives for themselves and for their families,” he said. “I am grateful to Governor Patrick for the faith in me he has shown with this appointment to the Board of Trustees.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Price received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California at Berkeley and earned both his master's and doctorate degrees in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. He also studied theology and urban ministry at the Massachusetts-based Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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