Education: Pearson named director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Model High’s Barton Sopata joining ranks of gifted musicians at Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

Education: Pearson named director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. Model High’s Barton Sopata joining ranks of gifted musicians at Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

Berry College has appointed Nathaniel Pearson as the inaugural Elvin and Fleta Patterson Sims director of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership.

Pearson, formerly executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini University, assumed his new role June 1. He is the first person to hold the directorship, which is named in memory of Berry alumni Elvin and Fleta Patterson Sims. The position was endowed by a $2 million gift from their son, retired Union Pacific executive and Texas resident John Edward Sims.

A major priority of Berry’s LifeReady Campaign, the Center for Integrity in Leadership is dedicated to helping students develop a better understanding of ethical leadership in all aspects of life. Through classroom study, real-world mentoring, guest speakers and other programming, the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership cultivates a deeper grounding in values and integrity while also providing practical experience in the day-to-day decision-making that integrity in leadership requires.

As director, Pearson will work to further the impact of the Center through collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners. Current initiatives include the innovative Gordon and Joyce Carper Mentoring Program, which recently completed its sixth year pairing Berry students with community leaders; the Cecil B. Wright III Lecture Series; and the Bowen and Barbara McCoy and Ted A. Owens faculty development grants.

In addition to his work as executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, Pearson has also served as assistant professor of leadership studies at Cabrini University and West Virginia University. His background is in child and family counseling, and he holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University. He has taught a variety of courses on leadership development and theory.

“We are enthusiastic about Nate as the BCIL’s first director,” said Berry President Steve Briggs. “His strength as a leader, experience with undergraduate students, and background as a seasoned faculty member are the qualities we need to build upon the Center’s successes. His passion work will honor the Elvia and Fleta Patterson Sims, Berry alumni who made a lasting impact as parents, educators and mentors in their home community.”


Model High School rising senior Barton Sopata will be joining ranks this summer with some of the most influential and gifted musicians in the country at Boston University Tanglewood Institute – one of North America’s premiere summer training programs for young musicians. The 2019 institute season takes place at Tanglewood, on the campus in Lenox, Mass., on June 17-Aug. 10. It features concert and recital programming throughout the Berkshires; workshops led by distinguished performers and teachers from Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and Visiting Artists; and rich programs of learning and performance for students ages 10-20. Led by Executive Director Hilary Field Respass, BUTI is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The class of 2019 was selected through a rigorous application and audition process, and Barton is now one of 430 students internationally to be accepted into the BUTI summer training program. Barton’s years of lessons, practice, and dedication have paid off! He has been a member of all state band each year since 8th grade and in 2018 was second chair trumpet in the GMEA Concert Band. He spent the summer of 2018 touring the country as a member of the Blue Coats World Class Drum Corps. Also in 2018, Barton was recognized as one of the country’s top young musicians by earning a spot in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensemble.  He is a member of the Atlanta Youth Symphony and has received instruction from Raymond Mase, head of trumpet instruction st the Juilliard School in New York.

“Barton’s future in the music industry is bright. I am amazed at what he has accomplished. With his talent and hard work, Barton will soar to great heights,” said Model High School Band Director, Tim Burton.

Over the course of the eight-week season, BUTI students and faculty will offer more than 100 concerts and community events in the Berkshires, including approximately 30 free performances at non-traditional venues such as retirement communities, libraries, and parks. These performances offer the young musicians a chance to bring music to audiences who might not experience it regularly, while also building their audience engagement skills.

For more: bu.edu/tanglewood.

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