Leon Botstein
President of Bard College and Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra

Leon Botstein has been a leader and innovative thinker on the subject of education ever since he became the youngest college president in American history. At age 23, he took over leadership of Bard College in 1975 and is credited with transforming it into one of the country’s most renowned liberal arts institutions. Known for his teaching ability, President Botstein is also the Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is the author of the 1997 book “Jefferson’s Children”, as well as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra.

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