Clark Art Board of Trustees Chooses New Chair

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eric L. Cochran was recently selected to serve as the next chair of the Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute, effective May 9, 2020.

Cochran succeeds O. Andreas Halvorsen, who has served for six years in the leadership role. Robert G. Scott, the vice chair of the clark's board, will continue to serve in his current position.

Cochran is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College (1982) and a master's degree (1984) and juris doctor (1986) from New York University.

"Serving as the chair of the Clark's Board of Trustees is a tremendous honor and presents an exciting opportunity to assist the Clark as it continues its important work," Cochran said. "The role of the arts and arts scholarship in our world today is critical, and the Clark has an outstanding record of nurturing, advocating for, and celebrating these contributions that serve to enhance and enrich society. In addition, the Clark is a key cultural partner contributing to the economic health and community vitality of Berkshire County and neighboring areas. The years ahead hold great promise for the Clark, and I am thrilled to be working with the trustees, with Hardymon Director Olivier Meslay, and with the outstanding Clark staff."

Cochran joined the Clark's Board of Trustees in 2016. In addition to his work on behalf of the Clark, Cochran serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Horizons National, a nonprofit educational organization committed to improving the life trajectory of students from low-income families through summer learning opportunities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Research Foundation of the State University of New York and previously served as a Trustee at Williams College.

Cochran and his wife, the filmmaker Stacy Cochran, live in New York City and Williamstown.

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