Trained as a violinist, British-born Tony Woodcock came to New England Conservatory as its President in June 2007 after a career as an orchestra manager. Widely respected for revitalizing the financial performance and artistic leadership of symphony orchestras in England and the United States, he switched gears to take his first higher education position with NEC.
From the earliest days of his tenure, he set in motion an ambitious program, including: creating a new Strategic Plan, successfully completing a $100 million capital campaign with a final total of $115 million, initiating a $20 million deferred maintenance construction program, developing a transformative campus redevelopment plan which broke ground in May 2015, introducing cutting edge programs like Entrepreneurial Musicianship and the Sistema Fellows program, and reinvigorating the Orchestra, Opera, and Artist Diploma programs. In recognition of his accomplishments and wide-ranging progressive program, the NEC Board of Trustees voted in April 2012 to extend his contract for an additional five years. If you'd like to read more of Tony Woodcock's thoughts on arts and education, check out his blog at www.scolopaxarts.com .